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One dead after wrong-way driver crashes head-on into another vehicle on I-90 near Three Forks

The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the wrong-way driver died in the crash.
Posted at 5:22 AM, Jan 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-05 10:34:34-05

UPDATE: 11:09 AM, MDT, 01/04/2023: According to a media release, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office offered more details on the early Thursday morning crash that left a 22-year-old Townsend native currently residing in Belgrade dead.

"On January 4, 2024, at 1:26 am, Gallatin County Dispatch began receiving calls of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 90 at mile marker 294. The suspect vehicle was reportedly traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. The suspect vehicle subsequently caused a head-on collision with another vehicle at mile marker 278.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Manhattan Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol and Three Forks Fire responded to the scene of the crash. The victim, a 22-year-old Townsend native currently residing in Belgrade, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the suspect vehicle was extricated and transported to Bozeman Health Medical Center.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the accident with the assistance of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office."

Sheriff Dan Springer confirmed with MTN News that the driver who died in the crash is a woman.

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(Updated 10:15 a.m. MDT, 01/04/2023)

BOZEMAN — Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer tells MTN News one person is dead after a head-on crash early Thursday morning that involved a wrong-way driver on the interstate near Three Forks.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol's incident map, the crash happened on I-90 eastbound near mile marker 278, just north of Three Forks around 1:55 a.m. on Thursday.

Sheriff Springer said a wrong-way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes struck another driver head-on. The driver of the struck vehicle was killed. The wrong-way driver was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Regional Medical Center.

According to Sheriff Springer, it is not known at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

No further details were released, including the identities of those involved or the wrong-way driver's current condition.

We will update you as we get more information.