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Aug 8, 2011 11:30 AM by Montana's News Station

Deadly week on Montana roadways; 12 fatalities reported

It's been a deadly week on Montana roadways. Four people died in separate crashes in Montana over the weekend, and at least eight people died on Montana roads within a 24 hour period last week.

On Sunday morning, the Montana Highway Patrol and the Fergus County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash at the intersection of Highways 87 and 200. According to MHP, a pickup truck with two people was headed eastbound on US Highway 87 when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The truck crossed in front of a semi-truck, causing the two vehicles to collide. The vehicles went off into a ditch. Both of the occupants in the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday evening, a Big Timber woman died in a crash in Sweet Grass County. MHP says just before 7 pm, the woman was driving her vehicle eastbound on Highway 10 when she failed to make a left turn and went off the side of the road. She over-corrected and then went though a fence and into a ditch. Troopers say the deceased woman, a 47-year-old Big Timber resident, is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle. The 42-year-old Reed Point woman, believed to be driver, was transported by HelpFlight to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings. It's unknown if alcohol or speed were a factor in the crash.

Also on Saturday, a 19-year old woman was killed in a crash near Harlem in Blaine County. MHP says a car was traveling eastbound on US Highway 2 around 2:30 pm, when for some unknown reason, it crossed the center line and hit the driver's side of a semi-truck. Troopers say the car came to rest in the center of the highway.

On Wednesday, a Glendive woman and two of her children were killed after their car collided with a semi truck in Madison County just south of Ennis. The Montana Highway Patrol says the 42-year-old woman, her 12-year-old daughter, and five-year-old son were heading north when their car crossed into the southbound lane directly in front of the truck. The two vehicles collided head on. The truck driver was not injured.

Also on Wednesday, three people were killed in a collision near Billings. The Montana Highway Patrol says a car and Jeep were heading north on Highway 87 when a semi-truck crossed the center line hitting the car and then the Jeep. The MHP reported that the driver of the semi-truck was distracted at the time of the accident.

And a 38-year-old Wyoming man was killed on Wednesday when his pickup truck and the trailer it was pulling rolled on Interstate 90 east of Butte. Four other people were in the vehicle and three of them were injured. They were taken to St James Healthcare in Butte. The Montana Highway Patrol says the truck and trailer were heading eastbound when both vehicles slid into the median and then rolled.

Also on Wednesday, a woman died in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 90 near Livingston. Kelly Henderson, 49, whose driver's license identified her as being from Casper, WY, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her 15-year-old daughter, according to Park County Coroner Al Jenkins. Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Patrick McLaughlin said it is believed that the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to flip over. It rolled several times, crossing onto the right shoulder and came to a rest in a grassy field.

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