Montana News

Sep 3, 2012 8:01 PM by KBZK (Bozeman)

Two people killed, three hurt in Montana motorcycle pileup

Two people were killed and three hurt in a collision involving four motorcycles and a truck Sunday night near Wilsall.

The crash happened at around 6 p.m. on Sunday at mile marker 36 on Highway 86 near Wilsall in Park County,

The Montana Highway Patrol says that the driver of a motorcycle, followed by three other motorcycles, tried to pass on a double yellow line on a curve and hit a Toyota Tundra head-on that was traveling in the opposite direction.

The first motorcycle crashed into the truck, causing a chain reaction with other motorcycles.

The rider on a fifth motorcycle tried to avoid the crash and laid down the bike, avoiding the pileup.

Witnesses say the bikes were part of a poker run, but the Montana Highway Patrol could not confirm that information.

Two motorcycle riders died - a 29-year-old man from Bismark, North Dakota, and a 40-year-old man from Belgrade, MT.

Neither man was wearing a helmet; their names have not yet been released.

Three riders on two other motorycles were injured in the crash.

No one in the truck was injured.

None of the riders were wearing helmets, and the MHP did confirm that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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