Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:16 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 21, 2013 2:25 PM
TOWNSEND - Several football players from Broadwater High School in Townsend were in a one-vehicle rollover on Friday afternoon; one of them died, and three were injured.
Authorities have not released the names of any of the victims yet.
The Montana Highway Patrol responded to the crash at about 3:20 p.m. on Friday on Montana Highway 284 near Ray Creek Road northeast of Townsend.
The 1976 Ford truck was traveling westbound on South Ray Creek Road when it came around a corner on gravel road and lost control. Two passengers, both of whom were not wearing seat-belts, were ejected as it rolled down the embankment. The man who died was one of the two people ejected.
Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehans said the three people who were injured were transported to the Broadwater County Hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. It is not known yet whether they were wearing seatbelts.
The man pronounced dead was an 18-year-old senior starter on the Broadwater High football team.
Meehan says that speed appears to have been a factor in the rollover.
During a press conference, Andrea Johnson, Broadwater High Superintendent said, "Counselors will be available for students and staff Saturday at the high school lobby from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additional counselors and support for students will be available when classes resume."
All football games and homecoming activities in Townsend have been cancelled according to Jim Holland, the athletic director for Broadwater High School.
We will update you as more information is available.