Posted: May 1, 2013 9:03 AM by MTN News
Updated: May 1, 2013 9:11 AM
HELENA - Two people have died as a result of the head-on collision near East Helena on Highway 12 Tuesday night.
A 16-year-old passenger in a Ford Probe died at the scene, Nelson said. Her 51-year-old grandmother, who was driving, later died as a result of injuries at the hospital shortly after 3 a.m.
The crash happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the driver of a Mercury was headed westbound in the wrong lane on U.S. Highway 12 East near the overpass bridge. The vehicle nearly missed another vehicle before striking a Ford Probe head-on.
The driver and passenger of the Mercury are still in the hospital. The driver was last reported in serious condition, while the passenger remains in critical condition.
"The maroon [car]...was traveling west in the eastbound lane. We know this from witnesses that actually witnessed the crash. The blue car, the Ford Probe, was traveling east in the passing lane, and there was a black pick up in front of the Ford Probe. The driver of the black pickup hit his brakes and swerved and got out of the way. I don't believe the Ford Probe ever saw it coming," said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David Gleich.
None of the people were wearing seatbelts, Gleich said, adding that alcohol has been determined to be a factor in the crash. The Lewis & Clark county attorney was on scene, as was the coroner. Criminal charges will likely be pursued.