MT Highway Patrolman’s car hit by semi-truck on Hwy 2
Patrolman receives minor injuries
by KLCB 1230 AM Libby News Radio
January 15, 2008
Montana Highway Patrolman Bryce Ford was treated for minor injuries and released from St. Johns Hospital on Monday, January 14th , following a two-vehicle crash involving a Highway Patrol car a semi tractor-trailer.
Trooper Ford responded to a one-vehicle rollover off Highway 2 into Libby Creek 14.5 miles east of Libby at 9:15 pm. The road was covered with glare ice and it was raining heavily. As Ford arrived on scene of the rollover crash into Libby Creek and came to a stop, a westbound United Parcel Service truck driven by Brett Bennetts, 37, from Kalispell, entered the scene from the east. Bennetts attempted to slow down, but lost control of his semi on the glare ice road conditions. The semi fishtailed several times, then began to jackknife when it struck the front of Ford's patrol car with the center part of the trailer. After pushing Ford's car off the roadway, the semi nearly struck several emergency service personnel, ambulance crew, other police officers and bystanders before coming to a stop.
The truck driver was not injured in the crash. Both the driver and the Highway Patrolman were wearing seatbelts. Occupants of the initial rollover accident were not injured, according to the Highway Patrol.
This crash is being investigated by Sgt. Duane Bowers of the Montana Highway Patrol.
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