1 person dead, Sheriff's deputy injured in crash near Lolo

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Posted at 2:53 PM, May 14, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-15 16:01:29-04

We are learning more about the crash that shut down a section of U.S. Highway 93 south of Lolo.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jeannette Smith says a deputy was involved in the two-vehicle crash that happened at about 9:30 a.m. near mile marker 80.

The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene.

Lake County Sheriff/Coroner Don Bell identified him as 81-year-old Gaylord Angst of Florence.

The Montana Highway Patrol says that Angst was driving east in a Ford Focus, and the deputy was driving south on US Highway 93. Angst made a left turn from a stop sign and drove into the path of the deputy's patrol vehicle; the patrol vehicle crashed into the Ford.

The deputy was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased during this very difficult time,” a statement reads.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and Lake County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the coroner.

No other details have been released at this point. We will update you when we get more information.

(1st REPORT, 11:06 a.m.) The northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 93 are blocked south of Lolo due to a crash.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol incident website, it is a fatal crash at mile marker 80.

The crash was reported shortly before 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Montana Department of Transportation reports the northbound lanes of Highway 93 are blocked south of Trader Brothers.

Traffic is delayed in the area.

We will update you if we get more information.