A recent two-car collision in Billings may have given local parents cause to consider some grim possibilities. The auto accident sent a Dodge Ram pickup through the fence at an area middle school then across a portion of the school football field before the vehicle crashed into another section of fence.

According to the Billings Gazette, the 73-year-old driver of the pickup truck was heading west through an intersection when his vehicle collided with a southbound Mitsubishi Gallant. After the collision, the truck continued westbound into and across the schoolyard.

The driver of the truck and the two occupants of the Mitsubishi appear not to have suffered any serious injuries, though all were transported to local hospitals.

The exact cause of the car crash was still the subject of an accident investigation at the time of the news report. All parties involved will have a stake in a thorough investigation to determine whether driver negligence may entitle them to compensation for medical expenses and any injuries they may have suffered.

Careless driving concerns everyone because an auto accident threatens the safety of innocent people. An accident that threatens the well being of children raises particular concerns, especially when the crash happens in a location where parents have a high expectation of safety.

Fortunately, no children were in injured as a result of this accident. Nonetheless, the crash should serve as a reminder for Montana residents to always drive attentively. If the timing of this car crash had been different, the consequences might have been far worse.

Source: Billings Gazette, “Truck crashes through fence at Lewis and Clark Middle School,” July 15, 2012