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New details about crash that killed four people east of Butte

Four people died in a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County on July 31, 2021
Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-01 21:15:31-04

GREAT FALLS — New information has been released about the two-vehicle crash that killed four people between Butte and Whitehall on Saturday morning.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Christiansen confirmed with MTN News that a South Dakota family of five was traveling in the Chevrolet Traverse that was involved in the deadly crash in Jefferson County.

The 37-year old mother, the 32-year-old father, and their 14-year-old daughter died at the scene. Their two-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl were taken to St. James Hospital and are reportedly in critical condition, and family members are on the way to be with them.

Officials have not yet released the names of anyone involved in the crash.

We will update you if we get more information.



(SATURDAY, JULY 31) Four people died in a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County on Saturday, July 31.

The crash happened at about 5 a.m. near mile marker 241 of Interstate 90 between Butte and Whitehall.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a 2003 Chevy Suburban was eastbound when it struck a westbound 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

The driver of the Suburban, a 45-year old man, died at the scene. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The driver of the Traverse, a 37-year old woman, died at the scene, along with two passengers, ages 32 and 14. Two other passengers, ages 8 and 2, were taken to St. James hospital in Butte. The nature and severity of their injuries have not been disclosed.

The MHP says that suspected drug use by the driver of the Suburban may have been a factor in the crash.

The names of the victims have not yet been released; we will update you if we get more information.