1 dead, 1 hurt in collision with Lake County Sheriff’s cruiser

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 09:18:20-04

RONAN – A 17-year-old girl died and another person was injured after a Lake County Sheriff’s cruiser collided with their car south of Ronan on Saturday morning.

A deputy was responding to an emergency weapons call in St. Ignatius around 4:50 a.m. when the incident occurred.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports two people in a Jeep Wrangler were pulled over to the right side of the road when at the last moment, the driver did a u-turn right in front of the deputy, which resulted in a high-speed collision.

Both people inside the Jeep were ejected in the Jeep with the survivor being taken to the hospital and is in a stable condition. The deputy received minor injuries in the crash.

"Both occupants in the jeep were totally ejected because they were not their seatbelts. Had they been wearing seatbelts, they probably would have walked away from the crash," said MHP Trooper Jeremy Lee.

The names of those involved have not yet been released. 

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