Two people killed in Norris Road crash


NORRIS, Mont. - The Montana Highway Patrol reports two people are dead and one is injured in a head on crash on Norris Road. The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, about seven miles west of Norris, along a windy section of the Madison River. Both lanes of traffic were closed and backed up for about 2 hours. The Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Office, Firefighters and ambulances responded. This crash comes exactly one week after another head-on collision on a different stretch of the highway. MHP Sgt. Patrick McLaughlin said a female driver going west crossed into the eastbound lane, and crashed head on with a vehicle. "In essence where everything came to rest, they're right in the middle of the road," he explained. The male driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger and driver of the other car were air lifted to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, but one of the females died on the way. Troopers shut down the road and dozens of drivers got backed up for 2 hours. "Lots of people have lost their lives on this road," said Virginia City resident Andrew Hamilton. Multiple people waiting in the traffic jam said this isn't the first crash they've seen on Norris Road. Just last week, a woman was rushed to the hospital after a head on crash between a car and a semi-truck, which also caused the road to shut down. Ennis resident Chris Dulinski explained he has seen at least five crashes on this stretch of highway, explaining "I've seen quite a few down this road." Norris Road is windy and narrow in some areas as it follows the Madison River. "I think this time of year there's extra traffic and a lot of people traveling through Montana take this road and don't necessarily know about the curves and the corners," Bozeman resident Kace Doornbos. To help keep drivers safe, one curve has a flashing light and a lower speed limit. But McLaughlin said it comes down to drivers paying attention and being careful. "The driver needs to take care of the task at hand which is driving," McLaughlin said. The names of the crash victims have not yet been released. The condition of the other female is unknown. We will continue to update you with the latest information as it becomes available.

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