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Authorities identify Fairfield woman who died in Highway 89 crash

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 11:16:12-04

Authorities have identified the Fairfield woman who died after a crash Saturday morning west of Vaughn.

The Montana Highway Patrol said 21-year-old Cyndee Otness failed to negotiate a lefthand curve on Highway 89.

She eventually ran off the road and landed in a ditch after her vehicle rolled several times.

Otness was air lifted to Benefis Health System in Great Falls where she later died.

An MHP trooper said speed and alcohol are considered factors in the crash.

Otness was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

(July 27, 2019) A 21-year-old Fairfield woman died after a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 89 just west of Vaughn early Saturday morning.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP), officers responded to the crash just after 7:30 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 12 and the intersection of Montana Highway 200.

The victim reportedly failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and began drifting off the right side of the road. She then overcorrected and ran off the side of the road, taking out the fence post of a rancher’s pasture and hitting an embankment. She landed in a ditch after the vehicle rolled several times, landing upside down.

The woman was alone and had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was then air-lifted to Benefis Hospital — where she later died.

Both speed and alcohol are considered to be factors in the crash. According to MHP, the victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The woman’s identity has not yet been released.

MHP is investigating the incident.

MTN News will update you with more information as it becomes available.