June 11 Montana News Briefs

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Semitrailer carrying bees overturns on Montana road

BOZEMAN, (AP) — A semitrailer hauling beehives overturned on a Montana road, spilling diesel fuel and honey on the roadway. The Hyalite Fire Department says the truck took a tight turn and tipped over in a ditch west of Bozeman on Monday afternoon. Officials say the driver and passenger were not injured. The truck was traveling from California to drop off the bees in North Dakota. It is unclear how many bees were on the truck and how many escaped. The intersection of Durston Road and Gooch Hill Road was shut down for several hours as crews cleared the scene.

Montana D-Day survivor dies days after 75th anniversary

MISSOULA (AP) — A Montana man who stormed the beach at Normandy passed away two days after the 75th anniversary of the invasion. The family of John Nelson said he died Saturday in Lolo. He was 96. The Missoulian reports Nelson was at the Museum of Mountain Flying in May for the sendoff of the C-47 Miss Montana airplane, which participated in a reenactment of the D-Day invasion. His son-in-law, Dale Moore Jr., said Nelson had been invited to the ceremonies in France to receive the French Legion of Honor Chevalier, but got sick and was unable to attend. Jeanie Nelson said her father watched the coverage of D-Day commemoration events on June 6 and died two days later. After the war, Nelson worked as a heavy equipment operator, helping build Hungry Horse Dam and Interstate 90 bridges in western Montana.

Investigation of fatal boat crash points to speed, alcohol

BILLINGS (AP) — Investigators say a boat was likely traveling at 54 mph (87 kph) when it crashed into a cliff in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Montana last year. The Billings Gazette reported Monday that recently released investigative documents from the National Park Service show the speedometer needle was stuck at that speed after the 34-foot boat with dual racing engines crashed in Bighorn Reservoir in August 2018. The crash killed 58-year-old Tammy Scoville, 35-year-old Christian Scoville and 36-year-old Nathan Kelley. Robert Ludwick died four weeks after the crash. According to the documents, 63-year-old Ludwick had been drinking before he crashed. Investigators determined he had a low level of intoxication.