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1 killed in Columbia Falls accident involving logging truck

Posted at 3:18 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 21:00:29-05

COLUMBIA FALLS — One person died and another person was taken to the hospital following a crash in Flathead County.

The Montana Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash involving a logging truck in Columbia Falls at 2 p.m. Friday.

MHP Trooper Laramie Stefani says the accident happened on US Highway 2, three miles south of the intersection with Montana Highway 40.

US Highway 2 is currently shut down in the area and detours have been set up. Drivers should expect delays of 15-to-20 minutes in the area.

Authorities say that there was an ATV on the shoulder of the road and for unknown reasons, the driver did a U-turn in front of the logging truck.

The truck's driver tried to avoid the accident, but the logging truck tipped and hit the ATV. MHP reports the ATV driver died in the accident while the logging truck driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected at this time. The MHP is continuing to investigate the accident.