A 34-year-old Frenchtown man is dead after an accident just south of Hamilton, Montana. The accident happened on Labor Day shortly after 7 p.m. and left four other people seriously injured.
Montana Highway Patrol said a 1996 GMC truck traveling in the southbound lanes suddenly veered across the center line of US Highway 93 mere minutes after 7 p.m. The GMC truck then collided with a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta traveling north in opposing traffic.
The driver of the truck is reported to be a 25-year old man from Hamilton, and the driver of the Jetta is the Frenchtown man who was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
UPDATE: A 34-year-old Frenchtown man was killed and four other people were injured in a crash south of Hamilton last night. https://t.co/BjAeociblc
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A second passenger in the Jetta, a Missoula woman, 32, was injured in the accident and rushed to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Both she and the Frenchtown man were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The two additional passengers in the pickup truck, both females from Darby, Montana, were injured in the accident and were transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in local Hamilton. No one in the truck appeared to be wearing seatbelts.
Speed does not seem to be a factor in the cause of the accident. Investigators with Montana Highway Patrol are currently investigating whether alcohol or drugs played a part in the crash.
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