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Multiple car accidents in park Wednesday night

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Date: June 27, 2024
Contact: Gina Icenoggle, 406-888-5838

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [June 27, 2024] – Multiple car accidents on Going-to-the-Sun Road caused congestion or blocked traffic entirely on Wednesday night.

Two separate accidents sometime after 3 pm slowed traffic at the park entrance and at the loop. An accident halfway between “the loop” and the west tunnel occurred when a vehicle swerved to miss another vehicle that crossed over the yellow line, causing the first vehicle to hit a rock out cropping and disabling the vehicle. Around the same time, two vehicles collided while merging from two lanes at the park entrance. No injuries occurred in either accident.

At around 5:40 pm, park dispatched received reports of a third accident and a vehicle on fire about two miles east of the Apgar campground turn off. A 70-year-old male from Texas fell asleep and drove off the road on the Lake McDonald side while driving west. The car hit a tree and then started on fire. The driver and a 65-year-old female passenger were able to get out of the car on their own. Other motorists stopped to assist. The female passenger was sent by ambulance to Logan Health in Whitefish to determine extent of injuries.

The fire left approximately a 20X20 yard burn scar on the lake side of the road, with flames at one point reaching from the base of trees to the crown. Martin City and Hungry Horse Fire Departments put out the fire. The car was destroyed.

ALERT helicopter was requested and landed close by in the park but did not proceed to the scene of the accident as the passenger chose to be transported by ambulance.

The accident impeded traffic on Going-to-the-Sun Road for three hours.

Glacier National Park would like to thank the Martin City, Hungry Horse and Coram Fire Departments, ALERT helicopter, Three Rivers Ambulance along with other visitors who stopped to assist until rangers and ambulance crews arrived on the scene.

Last updated: June 28, 2024

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