Officials warn drivers of dangerous intersections in Missoula, Kalispell


MISSOULA, Mont. - Tuesday around 9 a.m. two cars collided at the intersection of Front and Orange Street. NBC Montana's security cameras caught it all.

Footage shows a dark-colored car driving through the intersection and hitting a white car. Missoula police say both drivers walked away from the accident with no serious injuries.

Front and Orange Street is only one dangerous intersection in Missoula. Officials say the intersection of Reserve and Mullan and another across town at Brooks, Russell and South Avenue are some of the most dangerous.

Missoula resident Max Rebholz says anywhere on Reserve Street is unpredictable.

"The Brooks and Reserve intersection is bad," Rebholz said. "It seems like there are four main streets coming together in one right there. I have seen a lot of accidents there."

It was a different story in Kalispell Tuesday morning. The Kalispell Police Department responded to a crash on Main and Fifth Street. Police report a Ford pickup pulling a flatbed trailer heading northbound on Main Street was nearing the intersection of Fifth Street when a Cadillac car crossed the center line and struck the pickup, nearly head-on.

The driver of the Cadillac was pronounced dead on the scene, and the passenger was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Both occupants in the pickup were treated on scene and did not require any further care.

According to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 93 is one to look out for. They say the area is highly prone to accidents, and that's where they respond to the most calls.

Officials say drivers like to "challenge the light."

Another intersection officials tell drivers to be careful at in Kalispell is Idaho Street and Highway 93.

At any point during the day, regardless if the traffic is heavy or light, officials warn drivers to stay safe, wear your seat belt and always be aware of your surroundings.

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