Three fatal crashes reported in western Montana over Labor Day weekend

Law enforcement responded to three fatal crashes that left three people dead and others with injuries in western Montana over Labor Day weekend.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers responded to two crashes on Friday in Missoula and Flathead counties, and Kalispell police responded to a car-vs.-motorcyclist that killed one person. 

A 62-year-old Missoula woman died on Friday after a head-on collision just north of the Wye, according to a press release from the Montana Highway Patrol.

Around 2:48 p.m. Friday afternoon, a 79-year-old man from Plains was driving a Jeep Liberty northbound on Highway 93 near El Toro Lane. The driver failed to maneuver a right hand curve, crossed the center turn lane and entered oncoming traffic heading south.

The Jeep then collided head-on with a Chevrolet Trailblazer, the press release stated. Both drivers sustained serious injuries, and the woman was transported to Providence St. Patrick Hospital where she died.

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Both people were wearing seat belts, according to the press release. Speed is a suspected factor and road conditions were bare and dry.

A short time later, a separate fatal crash happened on Highway 82 near Somers in Flathead County.

At about 6:30 p.m.

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