1 killed, 4 injured in US 93 wreck near Lolo

U.S. Highway 93 south of Lolo reopened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday following a crash that killed one person and injured several others.

The Montana Highway Patrol confirmed that one person was killed after two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision near mile marker 80 by Trader Brothers outside of Lolo around 5:30 p.m.

MHP trooper Mike Burman said the crash occurred when the driver of a Ford pickup truck heading south lost control of the vehicle and drifted over the center line, hitting a northbound GMC Acadia sport utility vehicle.

The driver of the truck, a 23-year-old female, was killed. A 25-year-old male passenger in the truck, as well as the 47-year-old female driver of the SUV and her two female juvenile passengers all sustained serious injuries and were taken to Missoula hospitals.

The crash closed southbound lanes, with traffic being rerouted onto Old Highway 93. Northbound lanes were also closed briefly, and traffic was rerouted, while crews cleared the highway.

While the highway is open again, road conditions remain snowy and icy, and drivers are advised to slow down and use caution.

Burman said it appeared the driver of the truck was traveling too fast for the road conditions, and that alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash. Officers are still investigating the crash.