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2 men killed in wrong-way crash

On Oct. 31, Montana Highway Patrol conducted a total station investigation to look into the details of a fatal accident that took place along U.S. 93 the previous day. According to one of the troopers, a total station investigation is a survey of an accident scene used to create a two-scale diagram. While the investigation was underway, the roadway near the scene of the wreck was shut down.

The car accident took place while a 61-year-old man was driving a pickup truck in the northbound lane of U.S. 93 near Somers. After drifting to the right side of the road, the driver swerved in the other direction and ended up driving the wrong way in the southbound lane. He then collided head-on with a Jeep that was driven by a 73-year-old man. A Subaru then struck the pickup truck.

Both of the drivers who were involved in the initial collision were killed while the driver of the Subaru managed to escape without injuries. Troopers have reported that the cause of the accident was the wrong-way driver, but they are unsure why the driver failed to stay in his lane. A crime lab in Missoula could take as long as one month to send toxicology test results back to investigators.

Even when the liable driver in a fatal accident is deceased, a wrongful death claim can still be filed against the driver's estate. In these types of cases, the at-fault driver's estate administrator would be responsible for handling the deceased driver's liability issues. If family members of someone killed in an accident wish to file a claim against a deceased driver's estate, an attorney may be able to help.

Source:, "Crash scene gets intensive scrutiny", October 31, 2014

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