Montana sees 12 deaths on roads in 4 days

Fatal crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Rosebud, Carbon, Big Horn and Cascade counties, including the deaths of five family members on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

Before the weekend, the number of fatalities in the state was below average for the year. With the most recent deaths, the state’s total jumped to 66 for this year, according to Capt. Keith Edgell, District IV Commander for the Montana Highway Patrol. Last year at this time, the total was 64.

“This was kind of a punch in the gut these last few days,” Edgell said.