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1 dead, 4 injured in weekend motorcycle crash on Beartooth Highway

1 person dead, 4 injured in crash involving three motorcycles
Posted at 12:59 PM, Jul 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-17 21:01:31-04

RED LODGE - A Nevada man died in a Saturday crash on the Beartooth Highway involving three motorcycles.

The crash on U.S. Highway 212 south of Red Lodge happened just after noon, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

The first motorcycle, driven by 56-year-old Eric Furman who was from Nevada but currently working in the Helena area, was northbound and the other two motorcycles were southbound, the patrol said.

Near mile marker 47, the first motorcycle "improperly negotiated a curve" and struck the other two motorcycles, which each had a male driver and a female passenger.

Furman died while being transported. According to the patrol, he was not wearing a helmet.

All drivers and passengers were taken to a medical facility in Red Lodge, The nature and severity of injuries to the others were not released.

The driver and passenger on the second motorcycle were not wearing helmets, according to the patrol, while the driver and passenger of the third motorcycle were wearing helmets.

The patrol said impaired driving is not believed to have been a factor in the crash, but speed is believed to have been a factor.