Fatality accident in the canyon

Highway 191 shut down the evening of Dec. 22

A two-vehicle head-on collision between a sports utility vehicle and a semi tanker truck resulted in the shut down of Highway 191 for three and a half hours the evening of Dec. 22.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Brant, who serves as the district traffic homicide investigator, said troopers, firefighters, deputies and tow truck drivers appreciated the patience of drivers as they worked the accident.

“It was incredibly vital to get those people out of there and get everything well documented,” he said.

Around 4 p.m. a call came through the Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office dispatch of the crash near mile marker 64.

“We got on the scene and we had one confirmed fatality in the SUV,” he said. “At the time the roadway was covered in snow, and it was snowing when the crash happened.”

A 76 year old woman from Canton, GA, died in the accident after the vehicle she was travelling in crossed the centerline into the northbound lane, prior to impact.

“We confirmed with one of the occupants that that is what took place,” he said.

There has been work toward lessening the loss of life on the canyon road.

The American Legion has installed crosses for every person lost on the stretch of Hwy. 191 from Gallatin Gateway to the Yellowstone boundary. Rumble strips on the center line have increased safety for motorists.

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