The teen driver, and student at CMR, died in a two-vehicle crash on Vaughn Frontage Road.
Authorities say the accident happened around 7:30 AM, when the victim lost control of her vehicle and spun out hitting a pickup truck.
The name of the student has yet to be released and the cause of the crash is unknown, but the National Weather Service says the roads were slick during those hours due to freezing rain.
Chris Foltz, a warning coordination meteorologist, explains, "Conditions here in Great Falls deteriorated pretty quickly over night, and unfortunately that left the roads pretty treacherous this morning."
Chris also says the melting snow we had from yesterday, could have also contributed to the rough road conditions, something drivers need to watch out for.
Although central Montana rarely gets freezing rain, it can never hurt to say prepared. The National Weather Service suggests monitoring road conditions, planning for the unexpected, slowing down when coming to an intersection, dropping your vehicle into a lower gear and more importantly, allowing yourself extra driving time.
We are still waiting to hear from MHP and our local coroners for the remaining details of the crash. We will keep you updated as we know more.