Original Story by Kathleen J. Bryan for Butte’s Montana Standard (link opens in new window)
Female states she just rolled her vehicle, vehicle is in the creek upside down, female states water is coming into the vehicle, states she cannot breath at this time,” a Butte-Silver Bow police dispatch log notes the call as relayed by the dispatcher.
The lady in distress was Christine Lambert, 70, from Butte, and Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges, which she owns with her husband Glenn Brackett. Treacherous road conditions on Pipestone Pass a little over 2 weeks ago, combined with a blizzard blast, sent Christine’s vehicle into a spin that slid her off the road, landing upside down in a creek, with Christine hanging by her seatbelt.
But traveling right behind her was Sheridan’s Andy Hupe, 81, who immediately pulled over, and grabbing a fencing tool from the back of his pickup he lost no time getting down the bank to begin immediate rescue attempt. Another driver, Mike Vincent, 69, from Butte saw Hupe headed down the bank, and the tracks going off the road. He parked behind Andy, and assisted in the rescue.
Before it was over, 2 more young men pulled up to help, accidentally sliding into Hupe’s truck. Another young lady came by and offered a sleeping bag to warm Christine, who had fallen into the icy creek when her seltbelt was cut in order to gain her release. By the time authorities arrived, Christine just wanted to go home–and since she had no serious injuries, home it was. The 3 reunited 16 days later. No longer strangers, with a warm story that made this holiday season extra special.