Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Rehberg crash

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Not all of the questions regarding Thursday night's boat crash involving Rep. Rehberg and four others have been addressed, but some answers are trickling in.

John S. Adams posted the audio from Erik Iverson's latest press conference, so you can hear the details yourself here.

4&20 jumped on the fact that Rehberg, who suffered a broken ankle and a shiner, had a (legal) blood alcohol level (BAC) of "only .05." Plenty others are wondering about the BAC of state Sen. Greg Barkus, the owner and operator of the boat. Details on Barkus' condition — and his wife's — have not been released.

Details have been released of the condition of Rehberg's state director, 27-year-old UM grad Dustin Frost, and they're not sounding good. "The doctors are monitoring the pressure on his brain," said Iverson during his Saturday press conference. "He is stable and sedated, and doing as well as can be expected."

The fifth passenger was another Rehberg aide, Kristin Smith. Iverson said she suffered lacerations to her face and bruises, but is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.

The accident is under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.

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