Driver dead, several injuried after SUV rollover in Frenchtown


HUSSON, Mont. - Montana Highway Patrol says evidence suggests 33-year-old Florence resident Kristina Chandler fell asleep at the wheel which resulted in a rollover crash at 2 a.m. Monday on I-90 near Alberton. Chandler was pronounced dead on the scene.

Chandler was driving a Ford SUV and swerved off to the left side of the road. She then overcorrected causing the car to roll several times. There were eight passengers in the car. Several of them were ejected. A 36-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man from Clinton were also in the vehicle. Other passengers include an 11-year-old girl, two 12-year-old boys andthree other boys ages 10, 2 and 3 months.

The baby, who was fastened in a carseat, was unharmed.

The victims were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Officials said they were driving back from Silverwood, an amusement park north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Officials closed down the eastbound lane for about an hour and a half while several ambulances responded. Today NBC Montana went to Florence to see the community's reaction. From the coffee shop, to the grocery store, to the school, people knew what happened to Kristina Chandler and her family. "I'm sure, as any other small community, that this community will come together and do whatever they can to help the children," said Florence Carlton Superintendent Bud Scully.

Scully says the school district will also be available to help the children in any way.