First snow of season causes dozens of accidents

Print Article

A truck makes its way up North Fork Road in Columbia Falls into snow scenes mixed with fall color on Monday afternoon, October 10, in Columbia Falls. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)

Brief, but strong snow squalls resulted in slick roads that caused dozens of traffic accidents and slide-offs during the Wednesday morning commute in the Flathead Valley.

According to Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. David Baggs, there were about 50 calls for service in the Kalispell district from about 6 to 11 a.m. as the first snowfall blanketed the valley with accumulations varying throughout the area.

“We were very fortunate that none of the accidents had serious injuries,” Baggs said. “There were several minor injuries, but we’re not sure if anyone was taken to the hospital.”

Incidents occurred on U.S. 93 and 2 as well as Montana 35, 83, 37, 209 and other secondary roads in Flathead and Lake counties.

“Our first responders did an excellent job at all the scenes,” Baggs said. “The fire companies, sheriff’s office, police departments and the wreckers did a great job getting to everything. It was really pretty hectic this morning.”

Motorists may get a break from winter weather until late Thursday and Friday when there is a chance of snow, rain and freezing fog in the Flathead, according to the National Weather Service.

Reporter Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 406-758-4441 or sshindledecker@dailyinterlake.com.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Col. Falls considers elementary school proposals

January 20, 2019 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Columbia Falls School District is zeroing in on facility plans for its two elementary schools, which are facing aging infrastructure, building security concerns, and, in some years, overcrowding. La...

Comments

Read More

Contrasting rallies held in downtown Kalispell

January 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm | Daily Inter Lake Kwen Shirley and Braxton Shewalter are clearly on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to their politics, but both have sought or want to seek office. On Saturday, they each helped organize cont...

Comments

Read More

Local long-term care centers under new management

January 19, 2019 at 10:10 am | Daily Inter Lake Three Flathead County long-term care centers are now under new operational ownership. Heritage Place and WEL-Life Assisted Living, both of Kalispell and Lake View Care Center of Bigfork, previousl...

Comments

Read More

Woman accused of DUI with toddler in vehicle

January 19, 2019 at 10:10 am | Daily Inter Lake A Flathead Valley woman is facing charges after authorities allege she drove drunk with a toddler in the vehicle. Joylee Lyn Viera, 41, could face up to 10 years in the Montana State Prison if convi...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

News: (406) 837-5131
Advertising: 406-758-4410
Bigfork Eagle
c/o Daily Inter Lake
PO Box 7610
Kalispell, MT 59904

©2019 Bigfork Eagle Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X