PHILLIPS COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – A 48-year-old Whitewater man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Phillips County early Saturday morning.
Authorities were notified of the crash at 12:45 AM. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Cade Hill says authorities were on the scene for about four hours on Saturday morning.
According to the crash report from the MHP, a 1999 GMC Sierra Truck was traveling southbound on Stage Coach Road when the driver failed to properly negotiate a right-hand curve on a downhill grade. The vehicle then ran off the left-hand side of the gravel road, rolled multiple times, and landed in a ditch.
The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene. Hill estimates that the man landed about 20 feet from the vehicle. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.
Alcohol and excessive speed are both suspected in the crash, which occurred about 15 miles south of US Highway 2.
The road was dry at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.
This post has been updated with additional details from a Trooper on the scene