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Slippery roads made for dangerous driving in Great Falls

GFPD responded to 27 weather-related incidents on Monday
Lindsie Hiatt reports on slick roads in Great Falls
Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 20:10:07-04

GREAT FALLS — Icy and snow-covered roads made for dangerous driving across Great Falls and the region on Monday.

Lt. Doug Otto of the Great Falls Police Department said that the GFPD responded to 27 weather-related road incidents as of 2 p.m. on Monday. There were 22 non-injury crashes, two injury crashes, and three hit-and-run incidents. To the best of our knowledge, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

(1st Report, 9:20 am) There have been dozens of crashes and slide-offs in and around Great Falls due to icy and snow-covered roads on Monday morning.

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that a semi truck is high-centered on the median along 10th Avenue South at 35th Street. MDT says the truck has a punctured fuel tank, and Great Falls Police Department and Great Falls Fire Rescue are at the scene.

The Great Falls Police Department shared the following message on Facebook: "AVOID 10TH AVE S! No joke, Lt. Black is requesting drivers use an alternate route and avoid 10th Avenue South until the streets are more clear. We have 19 traffic related reports since approximately 7am, including crashes, slide offs, stuck vehicles, and now a semi is high centered at 35th St and 10th Ave S."

Reports from people on the KRTV Facebook page:

  • Julie Gemar-Stimac: "Yes, that was an ugly drive into town! Semi spun out on the Havre hill, another in the ditch at the Black Eagle turn off....very, very slick in town. Be careful people."
  • Jamie Wagner: "Road to Fort Benton is very slick and covered. Some parts are almost white out conditions"
  • Cindy L Allum-Atchison: "We got about a mile out of Augusta and turned around and went back home"
  • Mark Weston: "Havre is poor driving conditions as well slick"

The City of Great Falls also noted that due to weather, all Boulevard leaf pick up routes are temporarily suspended.