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Take your time: Crash on popular Montana mountain road delays traffic for hours

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Many southern Albertans frequently head to Montana during the summer months.

If you’re going to places like Kalispell and Whitefish and you like to take the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, make sure you pay attention and take your time.

Officials with Montana’s Glacier National Park say Monday night (July 8) traffic was stopped for nearly three hours on the popular route near an area known as Packer’s Roost.

A vehicle swerved to avoid another car stopped on the road to look at a bear and went down a 40 foot embankment. Three people were taken to hospital in stable condition.

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Hundreds of vehicles and several shuttle buses were delayed because of that crash.

Glacier Park Superintendent Jeff Mow says unexpected incidents like this can have significant consequences for visitors, so if you are planning to travel the Going-to-the Sun Road, always carry extra food and water just in case.  “You should always plan for the unplanned, including delays along the road or elsewhere.”

Emergency calls in the popular park are up a whopping 40% over last year.

The U.S. National Parks Service says because of the number of cars on the road during periods of high visitation, even minor accidents along the Going-to-the-Sun Road can delay traffic for hours while law enforcement response or rescue efforts are underway.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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