Written by John Plestina
The deceased driver of a semi that went off the road and crashed into a chain link fence at the water treatment plant about six miles east of Wolf Point on Tuesday, July 29, had a heart attack prior to the crash, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
MHP identified the driver as Edwin Rennick, 63, of Glasgow.
Rennick was driving an empty gravel truck eastbound on U.S. Hwy. 2, en route to a jobsite in Poplar, when he left the roadway about 8:45 a.m., struck a post and finally the heavy duty chain link fence about 800 feet off the road, MHP Sgt. Jeff Kent told The Herald-News.
He said an autopsy was done and the medical examiner determined that a medical condition caused the crash. Kent confirmed that Rennick suffered a heart attack.
"It was kind of an unique crash. I did not believe the injuries suffered in the crash were life threatening," he said.
MHP was notified of the crash at about 10 a.m., after a Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officer stopped to check on the truck and found Rennick deceased in the cab of the tractor.
LSC Inc., of Fort Peck, owns the truck.
Kent said there was damage to the fence. Damage to the tractor was minimal.
He said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.