COLUMBIA FALLS — A South Carolina woman has been identified as one of two people who died Thursday afternoon in a fiery head-on collision on U.S. Highway 2 near here.
The Flathead County coroner's office said Linda M. Turner, 56, of Sumter, South Carolina, was the driver of a southbound pickup that was struck by another pickup shortly before 4:30 p.m.
The Montana Highway Patrol said a northbound pickup driven by a 27-year-old Kalispell man crossed into the southbound passing lane and struck Turner's pickup head-on. The crash took place near the intersection of Conn Road, roughly 3 miles north of Glacier Park International Airport. Both vehicles were immediately consumed by fire, according to the sheriff's Facebook page.
Flathead County Undersheriff Dave Lieb said there were reports of a pickup driving erratically before the crash.
Trooper Jerry Ren told the Daily Inter Lake the Kalispell man had been driving as fast as 95 mph and did not brake before the collision. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.