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Two die in Lincoln-area accident; one killed near Dayton - Dec 26

Two die in Lincoln-area accident; one killed near Dayton - Dec 26

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(AP) - Three people died in Christmas Day accidents on Montana highways.

Two Great Falls men died at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 200 east of Lincoln, said Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson.

The 52-year-old driver and his 90-year-old father were killed in the crash, Nelson said.

Their pickup truck was headed east toward Great Falls when the driver lost control near a slight curve at the top of a hill above the Dearborn River, Nelson said.

The road curved left but the driver slid straight and across a field. The driver attempted to correct his error but failed. The truck then flew off a 40- or 50-foot embankment, Nelson said. The driver and passenger were both ejected and died upon impact.

Speed was a factor, and neither man wore a seat belt.

The coroner said he is waiting for blood alcohol test results to know whether alcohol was involved.

Their names were not immediately released.

Another Christmas Day crash occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 93 near Dayton.

A Lake County sheriff's dispatcher said three people were in a passenger car that crashed, killing two of the occupants. The third person was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

The holiday deaths increased Montana's highway fatality count for 2005 to 246, compared to 228 on the same date a year earlier.

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