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Six Killed in Helena Crash

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Six people were killed in a violent collision between a pickup truck and a fire engine outside of Helena last week.

3-Year-Old Twins and 4-Year-Old Among Those Killed

According to the San Antonio Express News, 3-year-old twins and a 4-year-old boy were among those killed in a fiery crash involving a pickup and a fire engine.

A family of five from Townsend was traveling west along U.S. Highway 12, roughly 10 miles outside of Helena on Thursday when their vehicle collided with a fire engine moving eastbound.

Those killed in the crash include twins Peighton Charls and Madison Marie Boegli, 3, Breighton Paul Boegli, Matthew Carl Boegli, 29, Crystal Marie Ross, 30, and firefighter Todd Rummel, 44.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident. Rummel was driving the fire engine back from Helena, where its water pumps had been repaired, to Three Forks.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 33,561 people were killed in traffic collisions in the U.S. in 2012 – up 3.3 percent from the 32.479 deaths recorded 2011.
  • Of those killed :
  • An additional 2,362,000 people were injured in traffic collisions in 2012, marking a 6.5 percent increase over 2011.
  • Montana recorded a total of 209 traffic fatalities, 39 percent of which were attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol.


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