BELGRADE — It happened in an instant — Olivia and her passenger tipped over in their vehicle on the back road to the campsite Monday night when they were caught in the winter storm while traveling on Highway 90.
“It was one of those things where you drive up the hill, the wind got us and we were Fishtailing,” Olivia said, “The trailer whipped us around, like 180, so we hit the side and moved. »
It happened Monday evening around 7:30 p.m., on Bozeman Pass near Livingston. Olivia was returning from a camping trip, hoping to beat the storm, when she was shipwrecked.
“We looked at each other upside down and made sure we were okay, then we jumped out the windows to crawl out,” Olivia said.
First responders arrived to help the couple, along with West Mountain Towing, a Belgrade-based towing company.
“Very windy last night, the wind actually grabbed their trailer and hauled them out, spun them, went off the road and rolled over,” Mike McGady said.
McGady is the owner of Mountain West Towing and remembers when he heard a storm warning was heading southwestern Montana.
“It takes us from our usual 8-5 hour day to a 24 hour day,” McGady said, “This morning we woke up to half a dozen cars that had just pulled off the road, were driving too fast and missing corners.”
McGady goes on to note that Mountain West Towing drivers are risking their lives to get out and help people on the roads, and have had equipment hit by drivers passing too close.
“Slow down and be careful, my drivers are out there, and one bad call can kill them,” McGady said.
In Montana law, Title 61 Chapter 8 Part 3“Operating Requirements vehicles, explains how cars must respond by seeing emergency vehicles, law enforcement, and towing vehicles. It states that “the approach and passage of a vehicle stationary authorized emergency tow … … safely reduce vehicle speed to a lower speed reasonable and safe … proceed with caution .. . “
McGady goes on to say that the team is working around the clock the next day, in anticipation of calls.