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Bozeman woman killed in Flathead County crash

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KALISPELL - The Montana Highway Patrol reports drugs are suspected to be a factor in the deaths of two women who died in a head-on crash in Kalispell near Glacier Park International Airport over the weekend.

The accident happened just before noon Sunday near mile marker 131 on U.S. Highway 2.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Holly Richards, 32 of Bozeman, was driving northbound and Linda Contreras, 40 of Riverside, Calif., was driving southbound when for unknown reasons Richards crossed over the continuous left turn lane and continued into the right southbound lane of traffic in front of Contreras.

The vehicles collided head-on and both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Montana Highway Patrol said alcohol and speed are not suspected to be factors in the crash, but drugs are a possible factor. Both women were wearing seat belts.

The patrol reports an investigation shows that braking was not present from either vehicle and that road conditions were listed as bare and dry at the time of the crash.

The accident brings the number of people killed on Montana's roads this year to 133.

(Correction: Original information provided by law enforcement stated the Richards was 40 years old. MHP reports she was 32.)

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