Montana State Highway 2

Montana State Highway 2 is one of the USA's most dangerous roads

Stretching from Butte to Three Forks in southern Montana, Montana, USA, State Highway 2 is one of the most dangerous roads in the state, with a very high fatality rate. The reasons include long transportation times to rush crash victims to the hospital (an average of 80 minutes) and fast driving due to sparse traffic.

The road was a part of U.S. Route 10, and links Butte, a city and the county seat of Silver Bow County and Three Forks, a city in Gallatin County. The road is a mix of wild driving and location. You’ll drive through some vast plains on this highway, which many drivers take as a cue to see if they can reach triple digits on their speedometer. And if you happen to get into an accident on this road, it’s normally going to take an average of 80 minutes for an ambulance to pick you up and take you to the hospital – it takes around 15 minutes for the same to happen in an urban environment.

The road is totally paved. It’s 63 mi (101 km) long, and the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety at the University of Minnesota, calls Highway 2 one of the nation's most dangerous roads, Montana has the highest fatality rate in the U.S. One of the main hazards of this highway is the result of how many choose to travel this route. Long stretches with little traffic encourage too many daredevils to test their car’s ultimate speed limit. Coupled with a higher than average amount of drinking and driving, ignoring seat belt regulations and reckless driving, Highway 2 is the site of serious accidents every year. The weather is a big concern too:  it's a slippery road, especially in winter. Common causes of fatal accidents over this road include black ice, blizzards, and high winds.


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