UPDATE – Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan said he will identify the two victims Friday morning, pending notification of next of kin.
Allison Evertz, the Superintendent of Joliet Public Schools confirmed to MTN News that the boy was a Joliet High School Student and played on the school’s football team.
“He was just a really good kid,” said Evertz. “He was the kid that held the door for you.”
Extra guidance counselors and therapy dogs were brought in to help grieving students on Thursday.
“When you endure hardships such as this, people really dig deep,” said Evertz.
Evertz said Joliet’s football team will play in a home playoff game on Saturday, and they are planning to honor their teammate during the game. She said they are currently working with the MHSA on a plan.
FROMBERG – The Montana Highway Patrol reports two people died Thursday morning in a head-on collision on Highway 310 near Fromberg.
Trooper Brandon Timm said the crash occurred just before 8 a.m.
Timm said a Dodge pickup, driven by a 16-year-old Fromberg boy, was traveling northbound and drifted across the center and encroached into the southbound lane.
The driver then struck a Ford pickup truck going the opposite direction. The Ford was driven by a 56-year-old Billings man. The man was not wearing his seat belt.
Both drivers died at the scene.
A 12-year-old girl was a passenger in the Dodge pickup, and was transported to the hospital with a broken leg. The road will be closed for about an hour, according to Timm.
The Montana Highway Patrol plans to fly a drone over the scene to aid in the investigation.
Reporting by Andrea Lutz for MTN News