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Philipsburg man killed in ATV collision with deer near Townsend

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 11:41:06-04
Broadwater County Sheriff's Office
(MTN News photo)

HELENA – A 67-year-old Philipsburg man died Saturday after his all-terrain vehicle crashed into a deer.

Broadwater County Sheriff-Coroner Wynn Meehan has identified the victim as Michael Allen Brenner.

The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, on U.S. Highway 12 about a mile east of Townsend.

Sheriff Meehan said Brenner and a female passenger were riding back from an ATV event when a deer crossed the highway in front of them.

He believes the deer jumped up and crashed into Brenner in mid-air.

Sheriff Meehan said Brenner hit the asphalt and that he died of serious blunt-force injuries. The passenger had minor injuries and was released from the hospital.

Sheriff Meehan said alcohol did not play a role in the crash.

-Jonathon Ambarian reporting for MTN News