MHP Trooper Killed In Traffic Collision

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    MHP Trooper Killed In Traffic Collision

    Trooper Mike Haynes is the third Montana Highway Patrol Trooper to lose his life in the line of duty in the past 18 months. All three died in head-on traffic collisions, and all three worked out of the Kalispell detachment.

    News release from Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, 27 March 09:

    Trooper Mike Haynes, 28, Dies of Injuries from Head-On Collision

    'The Highway Patrol has lost a brother and Montana has lost a hero,' Bullock says

    KALISPELL - Shortly before 8:30 AM, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Haynes passed away from injuries received in the line of duty. Haynes had been hospitalized as a result of a crash near Kalispell early Monday morning.

    Haynes, 28, was sworn in as a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol in August 2006. He is survived by his wife Tawny, his two young children Taryn and Elias, and his parents, John and Melody Haynes of Kalispell.

    "Mike Haynes lived his values, and loved his job and his family. You couldn't ask for a better trooper or man," said Colonel Mike Tooley, head of the Highway Patrol. "Montanans should be proud that someone of Mike's caliber was working for them. He will be missed."

    "The Highway Patrol has lost a brother and Montana has lost a hero. Our prayers tonight will be for Mike's young family," Attorney General Steve Bullock said. "Today and this weekend, I encourage all Montanans to honor and pray for the men and women who work in these dangerous occupations to make our lives safer. We also need to reflect on the devastating consequences that come with drinking and driving."

    Trooper Haynes was travelling in the southbound lanes of US 93 at approximately 2:40 AM Monday morning. He was struck head-on by a Volkswagen being driven north in the southbound lanes. The 29-year-old male driver of the Volkswagen was killed upon impact and pronounced dead at the scene.

    A full investigative report on the collision will be released in the near future, but alcohol and high speeds on the part of the driver of the Volkswagen were major factors, Col. Tooley said.

    After nearly 30 years without any fatalities, Trooper Haynes is the third Highway Patrol trooper to die in the line of duty in the past 18 months. All three of the most recent deaths occurred in the Kalispell area.


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    Prayers sent for his family, friends, and fellow officers.
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    Wow. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. Three in 18 months? :(
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    Three in 18 months?
    Sadly, it's true.

    The first was a teen-age driver who crossed the center-line and collided head-on with the Trooper's patrol car. She was distracted when she dropped something on the floorboards of her vehicle and she reached down to pick it up.

    In the second, the Trooper was in pursuit of a violator, and a third vehicle swerved to avoid the vehicle being pursued, and hit the Trooper head-on. The vehicle being pursued was captured on the patrol car's dash cam, but so far they haven't been able to enhance the tape for an ID.

    And now this one.


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    RIP to an officer, prayers to those he left behind (family and brothers in arms).
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    US 93 is somewhat of a treacherous road south of Somers. IIRC, north of MT 82, 93 is divided by a center median ditch. This must have happened closer to Kalispell?

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.
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