Nine crosses: dramatic testimony to young lives lost in Montana

Nine crosses: When one enters Montana, a sign at the border explains the white crosses dotting Montana roads, each marking a fatality on that stretch of the highway over the years. Individual and multiple crosses are grim memorials – a harsh reminder that life can be short.

These nine crosses mark the location of the worst vehicle accident in Montana history.

We toured past West Glacier on Hwy. 2, to the Izaac Walton Inn in Essex for lunch, cross-country skiing and sightseeing. On our way back, we noticed this set of nine crosses – site of the worst vehicle accident in Montana history.

On January 21, 1984, members of the Whitefish High School wrestling squad, cheerleaders and coaches were returning from a match in Browning. On this snow-choked stretch of Hwy. 2,  just west of Essex, the bus collided with a gasoline tanker-truck that skidded broadside across the narrow mountain roadway – killing nine and injuring 18.

Here is the full, depressing story: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/years-later-deadly-bus-crash-still-haunts-town-survivors/article_b9505114-eb42-56c2-988c-ef97485ad01c.html.

Life is short, don’t let days slip by.

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