An elderly man was killed in an accident just west of Trout Creek late Monday afternoon. A trooper for the Montana Highway Patrol said the accident victim was ejected from his vehicle and was later declared dead at the scene.
The accident is reported to have occurred after a Chevrolet Suburban, driven by the elderly man, attempted to pass a second vehicle. Just as he was about to pass, one of the wheels on the Suburban fell off. The Suburban then swerved off the road into a ditch and rolled over, ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.
First responders said the elderly man was killed after the vehicle fell atop him. Another passenger, a 34-year old female, was ejected from the vehicle and landed over a dozen feet away. The other injured passengers were all children ranging from the age of 9 to 15 years old. Only one of the children was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. All of the accident victims reside in Trout Creek.
Montana Highway Patrol does not believe alcohol or drugs are a factor in the accident. The death of the elderly man is the 46th accident-related fatality in Montana during 2018.
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