• January 16, 2023

Woman Killed in Truck Accident on US 287 in Madison County, MT

Madison County, MT -- January 12, 2023, a woman was killed following an accident where a semi-truck and a vehicle collided on US 287.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 4:00 p.m. along US 287, apparently several miles south of Ennis. There are very few details available, and sources available do not clearly describe what led to the crash.

Media says that Montana Highway Patrol officials reported that an "elderly" woman was in a car going along the highway. A semi-truck was allegedly going too fast for unspecified conditions, and the truck lost control. While it's unclear what exactly happened next, details suggest the woman may have been trying to avoid the truck, but both vehicles crashed and ended up in a ditch.

Woman Killed in Truck Accident on US 287 in Madison County, MT

The unidentified woman died due to the collision. No further injuries were mentioned, and the cause of the crash has not officially been confirmed.

When I see such sparse reporting, my immediate concern is if the victim's incident is really getting the attention it deserves. A woman lost her life here, and while initial details suggest it may have been due to a truck driver screwing up, there isn't any clear information publicly available.

Are police working behind the scenes to get the grieving family the answers they deserve? Do these poor accounts of what happened come down simply to shoddy reporting from the media? That certainly wouldn't shock me, but too often I see situations like this one where families eventually come to me for answers because authorities simply couldn't or wouldn't dedicate the time or personnel to look into things properly.

Victims and families deserve to know they can tell their side of the story clearly, and that's only more true when there may be someone who needs to face consequences for their role in those events.

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