Frenchtown Fire: Two wrecks in two minutes

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  • A VEHICLE veered off Mill Creek Road to avoid colliding with another vehicle driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic on Tuesday, April 2. (Photo courtesy of Frenchtown Rural Fire District)

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    A PICKUP truck collided with a non-functioning cable barrier on Interstate 90 near Nine Mile on Tuesday, April 2. (Photos courtesy of Frenchtown Rural Fire District)

  • A VEHICLE veered off Mill Creek Road to avoid colliding with another vehicle driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic on Tuesday, April 2. (Photo courtesy of Frenchtown Rural Fire District)

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    A PICKUP truck collided with a non-functioning cable barrier on Interstate 90 near Nine Mile on Tuesday, April 2. (Photos courtesy of Frenchtown Rural Fire District)

Frenchtown Rural Fire District responders scrambled on Tuesday, April 4 when two separate motor vehicle wrecks were called in only minutes apart.

The first accident occurred on Interstate-90 near Nine Mile at mile marker 82 when a westbound pickup truck collided with a cable barrier.

Frenchtown Rural Fire responded to the scene and said nobody was transported to the hospital.

The cable barrier where the pickup truck collided was already damaged from prior accidents, and that 12-mile stretch has multiple damages that remain unrepaired.

“The cable barrier was not functioning,” said Mel Holtz, a Frenchtown firefighter. “They are designed to check vehicles and prevent people from going into oncoming traffic.”

Holtz said the Montana Department of Transportation is aware of these damages and will work on repairing them.

The second accident occurred north of Interstate-90 near Huson on Mill Creek road when a vehicle drove the wrong way. The oncoming four-door vehicle on the correct side veered off the road to avoid a collision and flipped upside down into a field.

No injuries were reported and nobody was transported to the hospital in either accident.

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