(HELENA) The Montana Highway Patrol says that Saturday's crash northeast of Helena that killed a teen and injured two others illustrates the importance of using seat belts.
Capital High School student Logan Guse died, and two others were injured, when their truck went off the road and rolled in the Nelson Road area.
MHP Sergeant Jay Nelson this crash was different than others he's seen.
He noted that all three teens individuals were wearing seat belts. Sgt. Nelson says if not for the seat belts, the crash could have been much worse.
““We should focus on the tragedy of that individual and the loss to that family,” said Nelson, “I would never take that away. But two people are here today because of seat belts. In so many crashes across our nation every day, people are saved because of seat belts.”
“I don't want people to be discouraged and not wear their seat belts. Seat belts save lives and and I see that first-hand year after year. “
Nelson says vehicles are engineered to protect occupants, and that system works best when you wear your seat belt.
(OCTOBER 9, 2017) A 16-year-old from Helena died and two others were injured in a car crash early Saturday morning.
The Lewis & Clark County Coroner's Office says that the driver of the vehicle, Logan Guse, was dead on arrival.
Capital High School had additional counselors available on Monday. Principal Brett Zanto says the counselors were brought in to make sure that students and staff members had support.
The two male passengers in the Ford F-250, both 15 years old, were taken to St. Peter's Hospital in Helena with injuries.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jessica Knaff said one of the passengers had lacerations to his face, arms and was experiencing back pain, while the other sustained broken ribs and several internal injuries, but both were awake and talking Sunday morning.
The Montana Highway Patrol says they responded to the call just after 4 a.m. on Saturday.
The crash happened along Beaver Creek Road near Nelson Road.
According to the MHP, the Ford F-250 was heading north on Nelson Road near mile marker 8, when it negotiated a curve going too fast for road conditions.
The vehicle crossed the center line and drove off the left side of the road, where it went off an embankment.
The truck then rolled several times and landed on its roof.
The MHP told MTN that all three occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Family members and friends have told MTN that the three teens were out early in order to go hunting.
MHP says Guse's death marks the 150th fatality on Montana roads this year.