A logging truck rolled backwards off an embankment along State Highway 569 about nine miles south of Anaconda around 5:15 a.m. Monday and caught fire. The driver was either killed or suffered a medical event just before the accident, the Montana Highway Patrol said.
“It is a possibility that he had some sort of medical incident on the road,” said Trooper Jack Rhodes.
The two-lane highway is considered a scenic route through the Pintlers from State Highway 1 near Anaconda, south past Mount Haggin and ends up at Montana 43 north of Wisdom. There is apparently a logging operation in the area and the semi may have been headed there, Rhodes said.
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“It was headed to the top of a hill … and for some reason — we don’t know why — it ended up coming backwards down the hill and off the side,” Rhodes said.
The name of the driver and other details were not immediately available, Rhodes said.