Traffic Accident Results In Three Fatalities


At approximately 10:45 in the morning, on Saturday, July 23, a two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of US Highway 2 and MT Highway 117, near the town of Nashua.

Nine individuals were involved, two adults in one vehicle traveling east, on US Highway 2 and one adult with six children, of varying ages, were in the vehicle entering the intersection from MT Highway 117. Multiple first responders converged on the scene and US Highway 2 was shut down for a short period of time.

The three adults were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Their names are Robert and Helen Heikens, of Nashua, and Lorena Mast, of Nashua. One child was listed as being in critical condition. All the children were transported to the local emergency department for further evaluation.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the accident scene.

I personally want to thank the first responders, officers, and community for their life saving efforts that were professionally exhibited at the accident scene and for the continuing efforts to support the children affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the deceased and for healing and peace for the children involved.


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