1 person dead, several injured in crash near Fort Benton

Posted at 9:21 PM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 23:21:31-04

A woman died and several other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 87 near Fort Benton on Sunday.

The crash, which involved two pick-up trucks, happened near mile marker 37 and was reported to the Montana Highway Patrol at 1:37 p.m.

According to the MHP, a northbound Ford pick-up truck driven by a 23-year old woman from Box Elder was attempting to pass a vehicle on Highway 87.

The vehicle crashed into an oncoming Chevy pickup; inside the Chevy were four people, including a 44-year old woman from Wolf Creek who died in the crash. According to the MHP, the woman was not wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim.

There is no word on the nature or severity of the injuries sustained by the other people.

The MHP says that speed is considered a factor in the crash, but there are no indications that alcohol or drugs were involved.

There is no word yet on whether the driver of the Ford will face charges; her name has not been released at this point.

Responding agencies included the Montana Highway Patrol, Fort Benton Police Department, Chouteau County Sheriff’s Office, Carter QRU, Carter Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Benton Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Benton Memorial Ambulance, Chouteau County Search and Rescue. A Mercy Flight helicopter from Benefis Health System was also at the scene.

The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate; we will update you when we get more information.

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