One Killed in Fiery Crash Near Pipestone Pass
A speeding pickup truck went off Montana Highway 2 near the top of Pipestone Pass south of Butte and caught fire, killing its 15-year-old driver.
Butte-Silver Bow Coroner Lee LaBreche on Friday identified the victim as Butte High student Kelsi Stratford. Officers say she was going to Thompson Park to meet a friend Thursday afternoon when the crash happened.
The Montana Highway Patrol says a passer-by spotted smoke near the highway at about 4 p.m.
Trooper Ken Klapan tells The Montana Standard the pickup went off the curvy road, struck a berm, became airborne and landed in a ravine about 125 yards from the highway. He says it appears the pickup truck’s gas tank ruptured on impact, starting a fire that destroyed the vehicle.
Butte High Principal John Metz says counselors were available at school Friday.