Troy woman killed at Interstate 90 construction site near Livingston

Liz Kearney
Enterprise Staff Writer

A construction worker suffered fatal injuries after being run over Monday afternoon on Interstate 90 near Livingston, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office.

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins identified the victim as Kathleen Lee, 52, of Troy, Montana. She was employed by Sletten Construction, which is contracted by the Montana Department of Transportation to do bridge work on I-90. 

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the closed portion of a construction zone on the interstate at mile marker 333, according to a news release. The construction zone is on the westbound lane of I-90 on the bridge over the Yellowstone River, Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst said Tuesday. 

Lee was apparently struck by a pickup truck driven by another employee on the work site.  

“At this time, it appears to be a terrible accident,” Herbst said in a news release issued Tuesday morning. “However, the Park County Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating the incident.” 

There were 11 construction employees on the work site at the time of the incident, which occurred under weather that included cold temperatures, rain, sleet and wind, Herbst said. 

Park County Rural Fire, Livingston Fire and Rescue, the Montana Highway Patrol and the Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The Livingston Police Department also provided assistance, Herbst said. 

The Park County Sheriff’s Office was aided by the Montana Highway Patrol, Herbst said. Officials were on the scene for more than four hours, eventually clearing the scene at 5:43 p.m.

Herbst said additional information would not be released while the investigation is still active.