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Highway 212 re-opened after fatal crash near Lame Deer

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The road was re-opened to traffic around 5 p.m.

The road was closed for more than 12 hours following the crash because the semi truck involved in the crash was carrying high explosives, according to Montana Highway Patrol.

Residents in the area were evacuated until the explosives could be moved to another semi truck and the area was deemed safe.

A crash involving a pickup truck and a semi truck in Rosebud County early Thursday morning left one person dead.

The crash happened on U.S. Highway 12 west of Lame Deer around 4:30 a.m., according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Richard Drake.

The section of road where the crash occurred has been closed all morning and Drake said traffic would likely be rerouted through 3 p.m. on Thursday.

A pickup truck and a semi truck collided head-on.

The driver of the pickup and the only occupant was killed.

The driver and a passenger in the semi truck suffered minor injuries, according to the trooper.

Drake said the events leading up to the crash are still unclear.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead investigator because the crash happened on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Drake did not yet know whether speed, drugs or alcohol were involved.

The name of the victim was not released.

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