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.