MISSOULA - Authorities have released the name of the man who died earlier this week after his vehicle was hit by an elk near Potomac.
The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports Trevor H. Stenlund, 20, of Salmon, Idaho, died in the Monday evening crash in the Blackfoot Valley.
The incident happened at around 7:15 p.m. on Highway 200 when a Toyota Scion being driven by a 21-year-old woman from Great Falls struck an elk that entered the road, sending the animal airborne, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
The elk then struck a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck being driven by Stenlund. MHP reports Stenlund's pickup truck then went off the road and hit several embankments. He died at the scene.
The woman from Great Falls was taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula to be checked out, but was not hurt in the accident.
Both drivers involved were wearing seatbelts, and no alcohol or drugs are suspected.
Malmstrom AFB officials say that Airman 1st Class Stenlund was a Security Forces response force leader assigned to the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron.
Stenlund enlisted in the Air Force in August 2015, and had been assigned to Malmstrom since March 19, 2016.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor's family and friends as they deal with this loss," said Colonel Ron Allen, the 341st Missile Wing commander. "This is a difficult time as we mourn the loss of a valued member of our Team Malmstrom family."