Montana Highway Patrol warns about icy roadways after Jefferson County crash

HELENA – Montana Highway Patrol troopers are reminding drivers to watch out for icy conditions, after a rollover crash on Interstate 15 Tuesday.

It happened just south of Jefferson City, at the beginning of the climb up Boulder Hill. Troopers say the driver of an SUV was heading south when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled into the median.

The driver and his passenger, both men from the Helena area, did not receive serious injuries. Trooper Thomas Kruse said that was likely because they were wearing seat belts.

“It could have been way different,” he said.

Kruse said when the sun is out but the air temperatures are below zero, ice on the roadway can melt and refreeze – creating especially slippery conditions.

“It’s putting down a layer of wet on top of the ice,” he said. “In these driving conditions, please slow down – and as this driver and occupant did, wear your seat belts.”

The crash is still under investigation, but Kruse said he does expect to issue citations.