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2 people died in a wrong-way crash in Missoula

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Apr 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 11:32:02-04

MISSOULA — Two people died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Missoula on Saturday.

The Missoula Police Department responded to the crash on the Russell Street Bridge at around 11:15 p.m.

MPD shift commander Sgt. Mike Hebert said that one vehicle was going the wrong way on the bridge with no headlights at highway speed. The vehicle struck another vehicle that was going the correct way on the bridge.

Hebert told MTN News that the two occupants of the wrong-way vehicle died, and a woman driving the struck vehicle was taken to St. Patrick Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said Monday: "Details are limited at this point however it appears that speed may have been a factor, as well as occupying the same lanes of travel in opposite directions."

“It is difficult to put into words how saddened we are at such a time. Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased, as well as the surviving driver," said Missoula Police Chief Jaeson White.

The names of the two people who died have not yet been released. We will update you if we get more information.