BILLINGS, Mont. — The Latest on a crash involving a Montana school bus that killed both drivers (all times local):

3:35 p.m.


Authorities in northeastern Montana have identified the school bus driver and a woman who died in a head-on collision as the school bus took students on a field trip.

Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle tells The Billings Gazette that 73-year-old Harold “Jim” Belcher of Fort Peck and 23-year-old Julie Ann Steiger of Troy died in the crash Tuesday morning.

Four eighth-graders and a field trip chaperone were injured in the crash about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the small city of Glasgow.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Steiger’s pickup crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 2 and collided with the bus driven by Belcher.

School officials say the students were on their way to Havre on a field trip that focused on Montana state history.

Officials say two larger buses carrying other students on the field trip were traveling ahead of the smaller bus that was hit.


10:25 a.m.

Authorities say a school bus taking students on northeastern Montana field trip has collided head-on with a pickup truck in a crash that killed the bus driver and the pickup’s driver.

The Montana Highway Patrol said Tuesday that four eighth-graders were injured along with an adult field trip chaperone.

The highway patrol says the accident happened about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the small city of Glasgow as the students headed to Havre on the trip focusing on Montana state history.

Trooper Mitch Willett tells The Billings Gazette that the female driver of the pickup and the male Glasgow Public Schools bus driver died. They were not immediately identified.

The injured were being treated at Glasgow’s hospital. Willett did not know the extent of their injuries.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com