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Red Lodge Man Dies in 4-Vehicle Crash

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Red Lodge Man Dies in 4-Vehicle Crash

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A four-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon killed a Red Lodge man just southwest of Billings, Montana. Montana Highway Patrol says the crash took place around 4:30 p.m. near the 92-mile marker on Highway 212.

Montana Highway Patrol later identified the accident victim as Red Lodge resident Kent Harris, 73, who died at the scene of the crash. Harris is reported to have been traveling south when he tried to pass another vehicle driving in front of him. Harris’ F-150 instead struck a Jeep Wrangler traveling north in the opposite direction. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident, a Ford Ranger and the vehicle Harris failed to pass, a Chevy Silverado.

The passengers in the Ford Ranger, two 16-year old women, suffered minor injuries and were later released from Beartooth Billings Clinic. The other two drivers did not require medical attention. Montana Highway Patrol believe Harris’ death was because he was not wearing his seatbelt.

MHP Captain Keith Edgell said that Harris and the other vehicles were following behind a snow plow. Due to the whiteout conditions, Harris couldn’t see the approaching Jeep Wrangler and this is what caused the pile-up.

Montana Highway Patrol kept Highway 212 closed for close to five hours. Investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol is to blame.

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