KALISPELL - Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash after hitting black ice early Tuesday in Flathead County.
The accident happened along U.S. Highway 2 at mile marker 88 near McGregor Lake shortly before 1:30 a.m.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Dave Mills says a 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser was heading westbound when the SUV hit black ice and the driver lost control.
Mills says the vehicle slid off the northern shoulder of the highway, rolled and struck several trees. He says their were six passengers in the vehicle.
A 33-year-old woman and 31-year-old man -- who were seated in the third row of the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts -- were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.
The other four passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and were not seriously hurt. They were taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Mills says all of the passengers in the vehicle were from the Kalispell area, and that speed and alcohol are not factors in the crash. The names of the victims have not been released.
Mills says drivers should take extra precaution at night when wet roads, combined with a drop in temperatures, can create black ice.
"Just to slow down," Mills said. "Wear seat belts and be aware that when the roads are wet and the air temperature is near freezing that black ice can occur."