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A 47-year-old Trout Creek man died after crashing his ATV into a tree in Sanders County.

Montana Highway Patrol responded to a call about a crash a little after 6 p.m. Saturday in the area of Marten Creek Road and Beecher Lane, about two miles west of Trout Creek. The man was driving a Yamaha ATV eastbound when he went off the road and crashed into a tree. The man was thrown off the ATV and landed in a ditch.

The man was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. The hospital confirmed his death to Montana Highway Patrol at about 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Alcohol, drugs and speed are all being investigated as possible factors in the crash. This was the 52nd death on Montana highways this year, according to the Montana Highway Patrol dispatch center.

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