6 Dead As Dust Storm Creates 21-Vehicle Pileup In Montana

July 16, 2022

By: Shaheer Naveed

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, A dust storm caused 21 vehicles to pile up against each other, and 6 people were killed including two children on Interstate 90 in Big Horn County, Montana Friday evening around 4:28 p.m 4:28 p.m, according to The Independent.   

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, who also oversees the Montana Highway Patrol, said that the first responders were investigating the scene from the west of Hardin and will provide more information as it becomes available to them.

“The Montana Highway Patrol is on the scene with other first responders and investigating the incident," Knudsen said. "This investigation is still ongoing. We will release more information as it becomes available and is appropriate out of respect for the lives lost and their loved ones”, CNN reports.

The Interstate travel has been detoured overnight, but the highway patrol has informed that the I-90 has reopened since then.

Witnesses were terrified by the scenes of the storm. Ariel Dehart witnessed a camper van ripped open by the storm as she sympathized with the owner who had hardly known what was happening.

“The visibility was so poor and scary," Dehart told CNN. "The air was warm and eerie. It was like wearing sepia-colored glasses. It was so crazy."

Dehart was driving westbound on the I-90 near Hardin as she mentioned that there were only a few first responders while the accident took place.

“When I saw the ripped-open camper, my gut dropped," she said. "But the owner just was frantically putting his decorative pillows back in the camper, and it was so sad because he was obviously so in over his head with what just happened."

Jason Strickland was another witness who had to skid to a stop in order to save himself from the pileup just in front of him on the I-90.

Jason stayed for about 45 minutes after the wreck as he helped victims and people on the scene. These victims included an elderly man whom Jason helped by prying the old man’s vehicle, putting him on a stretcher, and sending him into the ambulance.

In a Facebook post, Jason said “I still can't get over the fact that we were 1 truck away from disaster."