Montana Highway Patrol

With almost a death a day, this June has been the deadliest in a decade for Montana roadways.

Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer and his wife Lindsey at the University of Utah hospital.
Courtesy University of Utah Health

Missoula paused Wednesday afternoon to welcome home a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper critically wounded this spring in the line of duty.

Wade and Lindsey Palmer’s flight from the University of Utah hospital landed in Missoula midday Wednesday. Roughly 100 people lined West Broadway Street in front of Saint Patrick Hospital to honor the Palmer's return to western Montana and cheer on his motorcade escort.

Hundreds of people came to the fundraiser at this supermarket in Stevensville Saturday, which raised more than $36,000 for Trooper Wade Palmer's family
Edward O'Brien

Last month’s shooting of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer shocked the state and drew national headlines. But for one small Bitterroot Valley town, it’s personal.

Palmer and his family live in Stevensville where residents turned out by the hundreds Saturday to support the Palmer family.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Montana reopened Tuesday afternoon although water remains on the highway in some areas.

The Montana Department of Transportation says one lane is open in both directions.

Firefighters spray a semi truck in the aftermath of a head-on collision on I-90 near Missoula, March 20, 2019.
Missoula Fire Department

A man killed when the car he was driving on the wrong side of the highway collided with a semi tractor trailer has been identified as 62-year-old Martin J. Elison, of Missoula.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Wednesday afternoon’s accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90.