Billings man killed in I-90 pileup ID'd

A Billings man killed Wednesday in a four-vehicle pileup on Interstate 90 has been identified.

Uwe Rolf Krahe, 59, died of blunt force trauma in the wreck, Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner told the Gazette on Friday. His sedan was totaled when an allegedly intoxicated driver collided with several vehicles near a construction zone.

Four vehicles were traveling in the left lane near mile marker 448 on Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from MHP, where the interstate narrows for construction. Leading the vehicles was a semi-truck, followed by a sedan driven by Krahe and an SUV. All three were traveling slowly, MHP stated, when a 51-year-old man from Billings in a pickup truck allegedly came from behind at a higher rate of speed and crashed into the SUV and sedan.

The impact caused the SUV and sedan to spin out of control, according to the highway patrol, and the pickup truck stopped when it struck the semi-truck’s trailer. Although a passerby tried to give first aid to Krahe, he was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. MHP reported he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.

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