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Montana crash: Dust storm causes 21-vehicle pile-up, killing six


Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said first responders are investigating the crash west of Hardin and more information will be released as it becomes available. Knudsen oversees the Highway Patrol.

“Montana Highway Patrol is on scene with other first responders investigating the incident,” Knudsen said. “This investigation is still ongoing. We will release more information as it becomes available and appropriate out of respect for the lives lost and their loved ones.”

Interstate travel was rerouted overnight, but I-90 has since reopened, the highway patrol said.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of a mass accident near Hardin. Please join me in prayer in raising the victims and their loved ones. We are grateful to our first responders for their service,” the governor said. Greg Gianforte. tweeted Friday.

Ariel Dehart witnessed a gutted RV in the pile while driving westbound on I-90 near Hardin.

Dehart told CNN she drove by moments after the crash. There were only a few first responders on the scene at the time, she said.

“The visibility was so bad and scary,” Dehart said. “The air was warm and strange. It was like wearing sepia glasses. It was so crazy.”

“When I saw the ripped RV, I got my guts out,” she said. “But the owner was frantically putting his decorative pillows back in the RV, and it was so sad because he was obviously so in over his head with what just happened.”



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