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Fairfield woman dies after early morning crash west of Vaughn

Posted at 3:33 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 17:33:26-04
Courtesy: Montana Highway Patrol Incident Map

CASCADE COUNTY — A 21-year-old Fairfield woman died after a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 89 just west of Vaughn early Saturday morning.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, officers responded to the crash just after 7:30 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 12 and the Mormon Church Exit that intersects with Montana Highway 200.

The victim reportedly failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and began drifting off the right side of the road. She then overcorrected and ran off the side of the road, taking out the fence post of a rancher’s pasture and hitting an embankment. She landed in a ditch after the vehicle rolled several times, landing upside down in a ditch.

The woman was alone and had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was then air-lifted to Benefis Hospital — where she later died.

Both speed and alcohol are considered to be factors in the crash. According to MHP, the victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The woman’s identity has not yet been released.

MHP is investigating the incident.