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1 killed, 1 hurt in crash near Polson

Posted at 3:17 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 17:17:50-04

A crash Saturday evening in the Mission Valley left one person dead and another injured, bringing Montana’s fatality count to 38.

The Montana Highway Patrol responded to a call around 7 p.m. at mile marker 3.3 on Montana Highway 35, between Polson and Finley Point.

A pickup truck was traveling southbound when the driver, failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected and went off the left side of the road.

The pickup then crossed over Fulkerson Lane and struck mailboxes before overturning and landing on its top.

The driver -- a 26-year-old man from Deer Lodge -- was flown to an area hospital. His passenger, a 24-year-old female from Ronan, was declared dead, according to MHP.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol and speed are believed to have played a role in the accident.