Friends set up donation site for accident victims


MISSOULA, Mont. - A family injured in a car accident Monday morning still remains in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Patrick Hospital.

Friends and family explained how devastating it was for them to hear about the tragic ordeal. They tell NBC Montana that 36-year-old Crystal Hummel just got out surgery and is doing well. Most of the family remains in the ICU. Some will need wheelchairs for a period of time.

Friends of the victim killed in the crash are having trouble coping after sending their friends off for a week at Silverwood Amusement Park that ended in tragedy.

"It feels like a bad dream still. I can't believe it," explained Rebecca Hanson.

Courtney Martel and Rebecca Hanson could sense something wasn't right.

"We kind of thought something might be wrong, and when they weren't here the next morning we had a really bad feeling that something had happened," explained Hanson.

A few hours after that came news from the Montana Highway Patrol that the SUV 32-year-old Kristina Chandler was driving went off to the left side of the road and rolled over several times. Two 36-year-olds, Tony and Crystal Hummel, and six children also were in the car.

Unexpected medical bills will be a hardship for the victims, and the Hummel family is going to have to move because their current house isn't wheelchair accessible.

Now Martel and Hanson are trying to help out as much they can.

"Help them get all of the medical stuff they need when they are home. Tony just started working again and now he can't provide for the family, so we are trying to help," said Martel.

The women just put together a Go Fund Me account for the Hummels. Donations will go toward paying medical bills, a new home and all other injury related expenses.

Click here to make donations for Crystal and Tony Hummel.

To make donations for Chandler's family click here.