Montana HP Trooper Killed In Traffic Crash

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    Montana HP Trooper Killed In Traffic Crash

    This is the second State Trooper we've lost in a year from a traffic accident, both occurred in the Kalispell area.

    Patrol trooper dies in crash
    Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008 - 10:04:11 am MDT

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    A Montana Highway Patrol trooper and another driver died in a head-on collision near Hungry Horse Tuesday night. A woman also was critically injured in the accident.

    The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. near the House of Mystery on U.S. 2.

    One victim was a Highway Patrol trooper, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said. The second man killed in the accident was from Hungry Horse.


    The trooper was on duty driving a marked patrol car.

    The injured woman was flown to the hospital via ALERT helicopter in "extremely bad condition," Meehan said.

    The victims' names are being withheld until their families can be notified.

    This marks the second time in less than a year that a Highway Patrol trooper has been killed in an accident in Flathead County.

    In October 2007, Trooper David Graham died in a head-on crash on U.S. 2 north of Kalispell.

    Graham was the fifth trooper to lose his life in the line of duty since the Highway Patrol was created in 1935.


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    Prayers to both families.
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    My prayers and sympathies go out. My state lost one of it's finest in a traffic accident this year also. Hit broadside by an eighteen wheeler Feb 5th 2008 in the same county I live in. May God bless them all.

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    I saw some police pictures of that RamRod. That was a nasty wreck.

    As much as troopers are on the highway its a miracle that more dont get killed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    I saw some police pictures of that RamRod. That was a nasty wreck.

    As much as troopers are on the highway its a miracle that more dont get killed.
    True that ,and they patrol during peak hours for DUI and other offenses,I think as far as most traffic accidents in rural areas are usually involving Deer and other large critters
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    Sorry to hear this...certainly will be tough for his family...they are in our thoughts and prayers.
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    Here's an update on the story.

    COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana Highway Patrol trooper died in the line of duty in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls, authorities said Wednesday.

    A second man also died in the Tuesday night crash, and a woman was gravely injured, said Lynn Solomon, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Justice in Helena.

    Trooper Evan Schneider of Kalispell died at the scene of the crash, Solomon said. Roy A. Moore, 42, was ejected from his pickup and died at the scene. The woman's name was being withheld until family members could be notified. The crash is under investigation, Solomon said.

    Schneider, 29, was traveling west on Highway 2 between Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when he turned around to go east, passed two vehicles and, with his emergency flashing lights on, was attempting to pull over a vehicle. A pickup traveling west crossed the center line and struck the trooper's car head-on, Solomon said.

    "Although the work we do takes us to every corner of the state, the Patrol is a small, close-knit organization," said Col. Paul Grimstad, the Highway Patrol commander. "We lost a colleague and a good man."

    Schneider joined the MHP in January 2004. He is survived by his wife Carrie. His brother, James, is also a trooper stationed in the Kalispell district.

    The death marks the sixth time a trooper has died in the line of duty in the Highway Patrol's 73-year history. Less than a year ago, on Oct. 9, 2007, trooper David Graham died in a crash about two miles north of Kalispell when a vehicle crossed a turn lane and hit his unmarked cruiser head-on.


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    Am I naive of the past or are these last couple years especially bad for our law enforcement officers?

    Rest in peace, Officer Graham, condolences to his family, and best wishes for a speedy recovery for the woman.


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