Authorities have not released an official reason for a deadly crash that killed six people late last week. The crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 12 about 10 miles east of Helena. Jefferson County deputies said both vehicles ended up on fire and in the ditch.
The six people killed include a family of five from the city of Townsend, about 40 minutes southeast of Helena. The family includes 4-year-old Breighton Boegli, 3-year-old twins Peighton and Madison Boegli, 29-year-old Matthew Boegli, and 30-year-old Crystal Ross. Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummell also died in the crash.
We headed to Townsend Monday morning where community members tell us the Boegli-Ross family of five brightened up the community.
Susie Hamilton serves as the utilities clerk for Townsend. She tells us she would see Crystal Ross and their three young children at least once a month when they came to pay their utilities. Hamilton tells us the office kept a special drawer full of lollipops for the kids.
"You just hope its no one you know. No one deserves that, no one deserves that. A wave of grief just hit me because you think of the fire, and the children and the family," said Hamilton.
Hamilton also knew the family outside the office; for years they have lived just houses apart. After she got off work Monday, Hamilton took us to the family's home.
"They just melt your heart, just a tiny new little family," said Hamilton.
She laid an angel along with a gold ribbon in front of the home.
"She had three little angels, so it kind of fits. It has the Lord's Prayer," said Hamilton.
There is also a Go Fund Me website that was started for the family's funeral. As of Monday evening more than $1,400 had been raised. We are also told that fund is linked to the family's benefit account at East Helena Valley Bank.