MISSOULA — The two men who died in a wrong-way crash on the Russell Street Bridge in Missoula have been identified as Scott Orr and Paul Dennis.
Orr, 53 years old, and Dennis, 38, were both from Missoula, according to Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott.
“Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the families and friends during this difficult time,” said Sheriff McDermott.
The two men were in a vehicle that was going the wrong way on the bridge with no headlights at a highway speed on Saturday evening.
A woman who was in the vehicle that was struck was taken to St. Patrick Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
(APRIL 11) 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.