Malmstrom airman dies after "airborne" elk crashes into vehicle
By: MTN News
The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has named Trevor H. Stenlund as the man who died after his vehicle was hit by an elk near Potomac east of Missoula.
Stenlund, 20 years old, was an airman assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base; he was originally from Salmon, Idaho.
The Montana Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday at around 7:15 p.m. on Highway 200 just west of Potomac when a Toyota Scion being driven by a 21-year-old woman from Great Falls struck an elk that entered the road, sending the animal airborne.
The elk then struck the Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by Stenlund.
The MHP says the pickup truck then went off the road and hit several embankments. Stenlund died at the scene.
The woman from Great Falls was taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula to be checked out, but was not hurt in the accident.
Both drivers involved were wearing seatbelts, and no alcohol or drugs are suspected.
Malmstrom AFB officials say that Airman 1st Class Stenlund was a Security Forces response force leader assigned to the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron.
Stenlund enlisted in the Air Force in August 2015, and had been assigned to Malmstrom since March 19, 2016.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor's family and friends as they deal with this loss," said Colonel Ron Allen, the 341st Missile Wing commander. "This is a difficult time as we mourn the loss of a valued member of our Team Malmstrom family."