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1 teen dead, another hurt in Jefferson County crash

1 teen dead, another injured in Jefferson County crash
Fatal Crash
Posted at 2:31 PM, Dec 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-07 16:31:52-05

GREAT FALLS — One teen died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Jefferson County on Monday.

It happened at about 8:13 p.m. along I-15 near mile marker 185.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old female driver and an 18-year-old female passenger — both from Boulder — were southbound on I-15 when the driver failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle rotated clockwise and went off the right side of the road, crashing into a tree.

The driver died — who was wearing a seatbelt — died at the scene, according to the MHP.

The passenger was taken to St. Peter's hospital in Helena; the nature and severity of her injuries have not been disclosed. The MHP report does not indicate whether she was wearing a seatbelt.

Their names have not yet been released. The MHP says that impaired driving was not a factor, and noted that the road was icy at the time of the crash.