(UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.) A 15-year-old girl from Missoula died Monday afternoon after she was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 15 near Helena.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff/Coroner Leo Dutton identified the girl as Kayla Neal, 15, of Missoula.
According to Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen, she walked on to the southbound lanes of I-15 and was struck by a Dodge truck.
The incident occurred about a half-mile south of Capitol Interchange on 1-15 near Shodair Children’s Hospital.
The southbound driving lane was closed while emergency personnel were on scene.
Several agencies responded including the Helena Fire Department, St. Peter’s Health, the Helena Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol.
The MHP and the Helena Police Department are investigating the crash.
We will update you when we get more information.
(1st Report, 3:03 p.m.) A crash has closed a southbound lane of Interstate 15 near Helena.
The Montana Department of Transportation reported the driving lane about a half-mile south of Capital Interchange at mile 191.5 is closed.
Traffic can still use the passing lane.
Several agencies are on scene of the crash, including the Helena Fire Department, St. Peter’s Health, the Helena Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol.
We have a reporter on scene and will update you with any new information.