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2 people dead after vehicle crashes into rock wall

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 11:41:42-04

Two people died in a one-vehicle crash after colliding with a rock wall early Saturday.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports that at around 12:45 a.m., two people in a Jeep Grand Cherokee were westbound on Montana Highway 28 when the driver failed to negotiate a turn.

The driver then over-corrected and the Jeep collided with a rock cliff face and one passenger was ejected onto the roadway. 

The driver was a woman from Kalispell, and the passenger was a man from Columbia Falls; both were 35 years old, according to the MHP.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Both the passenger and the driver — who were not wearing seatbelts — died at the scene.

The Montana Highway Patrol says that alcohol, drugs, and speed are all considered factors in the crash, and are continuing to investigate.

This brings to at least 10 the number of people who have died in crashes in Montana in the first week of July: 

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