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Tow truck operators killed on I-90 near Columbus identified

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 17:58:23-04

Authorities in Stillwater County on Monday released the names of two tow truck operators who were killed on Interstate 90 while working to recover a disabled vehicle.

Nicholas Ryan Visser, 37 from Billings, and William Casie Allen, 28 of Reed Point, were killed Sunday evening on the highway east of Columbus.

Officials said the men had two tow trucks set up in the eastbound passing lane on I-90 when they were hit by a truck pulling a trailer driven by an 18-year-old from Greenville, Utah.

The accident happened when a semi-truck slowed for the tow trucks and the Greenville man moved into the passing lane to try to avoid a collision with the semi and hit the tow truck operators.

The men worked for Hanser's Automotive in Billings, according to a Facebook post by the company.

The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.