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Fatal crash reported on U.S. 2 west of Libby

by SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER
The Western News | November 7, 2022 4:00 PM

Heavy and fast-accumulating snow Monday morning wreaked havoc in southern Lincoln County.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol incident log, a fatal crash occurred at about 2:23 p.m. Monday on U.S. 2 at milemarker 27, a few miles west of Libby.

No details were available at presstime.

Also, a two-vehicle traffic accident occurred at about 9:40 a.m. on Montana 37 at mile marker 8 near the Osprey Landing boat ramp.

According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Lewis Johnson, drivers of both vehicles avoided serious injuries.

Johnson said a white 2004 Isuzu Offender, driven by a 27-year-old man, headed north on Montana 37 was traveling too fast for road and weather conditions when it crossed the centerline and rolled. It struck a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 57-year-old woman, that was driving south.

The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, had a few scrapes while the woman, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, according to Johnson.

Neither person needed medical transport to the hospital, but both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The Libby Volunteer Fire Department responded and helped with traffic control before officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office took over the duty.

The Libby Volunteer Ambulance Service also responded.

"It was fortunate there were no injuries in the accident," Johnson said.

In addition, plow drivers were busy trying to keep roads passable while some local businesses were also occupied with clearing sidewalks.