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Deadliest weekend on MT roads in 15-years

An Ovando man was killed in this crash off Highway 200 Sunday morningMontana Highway Patrol says this past weekend was the worst for traffic fatalities in 15-years, and the second worst on record. 

8-people were killed on state highways Saturday and Sunday, including five in a rollover outside Browning and two in Northwest Montana near Troy. Additionally, a Plains grandmother and her two grandchildren drowned when their car went into the Clark Fork River bringing the total to 11. But that accident isn't included in the state numbers because it happened on private property. 

KRTV reports quotes MHP troopers as saying of the 8-fatalities on state roads, only one of those people was wearing a seat belt. 

Overall, 93-people have been killed in traffic accidents in Montana this year, nearly twice the pace as two years ago. 


Woman killed in Florence accident

(FLORENCE)- The Montana Highway Patrol says a 75-year old woman who died when her SUV rolled in the Bitterroot Saturday evening apparently lost control of the car as she was trying to pass. 

KPAX TV reports the crashed happened on U.S. 93 near Florence when the victim was passing a truck on the four lane road. Troopers say it appears the victim lost control of her GMC when she clipped the truck as she was merging back into the right hand lane. 

The SUV rolled and she was thrown from the car. It's the second fatal accident in Western Montana this week where someone died because they weren't wearing a seat belt. 


Identities released on Conrad crash victims

(CONRAD)- Authorities now say it was a Columbia Falls man, and a woman from Conrad and a second woman from Calgary that were killed in that crash Friday evening just outside Conrad in North Central Montana. 

KRTV reports the crash happened when the pickup the three victims were riding in rolled several times on a county road. 

The victims were later identified as 23-year old Joseph Galloway of Columbia Falls, 27-year old April Lanterman of Conrad and 30-year old Heather Scott Stocker. Two other teens were also involved in the crash and were airlifted to Great Falls where they remained in the hospital.

Full details of the crash were still being investigated. 


MHP identifies Troy crash victim

(LIBBY)- Montana Highway Patrol troopers say it was a 67-year old Libby woman who was killed when he van spun out on slush and struck an on-coming truck east of Troy. 

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon on U.S. 2 near Kootenai Falls between Troy and Libby. 

Troopers say 67-year old Linda Jeanne Dabel was driving west when she lost control of her Dodge Caravan on the slick road, with the van sliding over the centerline into the path of an eastbound Ford Bronco. Dabel's van was hit in the driver's side and she was trapped inside.

Emergency crews were able to free Dabel and rushed her to St. John's Hospital in Libby where she died later. A woman riding in the car, Jessica Caldwell, wasn't wearing her seatbelt and was also injured, while her two young children were protected by their safety seats. 

The driver of the Bronco, 45-year old Sue Wilson, and her passenger, 27-year old Jennifer Wilson were hurt as well, but MHP says they were saved from serious injury because they were wearing their seat belts. 

The highway was closed for four hours while the wrecks were removed. The crash remains under investigation. 



Man hurt in Polson crash

(POLSON)- A Mission Valley man is lucky to have escaped with his life after his car rolled and he was thrown from his vehicle north of Polson.

KPAX TV reports the crash happened on U.S. 93 just north of Polson. 

Montana Highway Patrol troopers say the 27-year old victim was headed south toward Polson when he crossed over the centerline and hit the ditch. The vehicle rolled twice, and because he wasn't belted he was thrown clear. Troopers say the man suffered head injuries, but emergency teams were able to get him airlifted for surgery at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. 

He remains in critical condition.