After a fatal traffic accident, police must investigate the scene to try to determine what caused the crash. This was the case recently, after a 36-year-old Montana woman lost her life and a child was injured in an accident involving a mobile crane and the woman’s SUV.

Tragically, the woman was killed when her vehicle collided with the mobile crane as they were traveling on the highway. According to spokesperson from the county sheriff’s office, a 5-year-old girl was also present in the vehicle at the time of the accident. She suffered injuries but survived the accident

According to a preliminary investigation, police said the crash occurred when the 36-year-old driver who was in a maroon-colored SUV turned onto a highway in front of a mobile crane that was traveling down the highway. The crane broadsided the SUV on the driver’s side causing the driver to receive the brunt of the force from the impact. She died at the scene.

The 5-year-old that was also in the SUV was extricated from the wreckage and transported to a nearby hospital. Officials report that the child suffered only minor injuries and was not seriously injured as a result of the impact. The driver of the mobile crane was the only one in that vehicle and walked away from the accident unscathed.

The car accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. and closed down the highway for several hours. Accident investigators are recreating the scene of the crash to determine what and how this fatal accident happened. It was not immediately clear whether police believed the crane’s driver was responsible for the accident.

When a life is lost, many people have more questions than answers. Some may want to hold a negligent driver or operator of a vehicle responsible. But, every case is different, and it important to have the facts of one’s case evaluated for legal sufficiency.

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, “Woman dead in crash near Gallatin Gateway,” Whitney Bermes, July 10, 2014