No witnesses to initial impact
A 6-year-old boy and his mother from Flathead County were killed in a car accident near Big Arm on Saturday afternoon and authorities are looking for a pickup truck that may have triggered the accident.
There were no witnesses to the initial impact, so authorities are asking for the public's help, said Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Frellick.
The accident occurred around 12:40 p.m. on Highway 93 North, when a Ford Taurus heading south appears to have collided with another vehicle driving north, Frellick said.
The Taurus, driven by the 36-year-old Flathead County woman, slid broadside into the path of a white Honda in the opposite lane.
The boy in the Taurus died in the collision. The driver was flown to a Kalispell hospital where she was pronounced dead, Frellick said.
The patrol has not released the names of the victims.
The Missoula woman who was driving the Honda was hospitalized in Polson in stable condition. She told authorities she did not see what caused the Taurus to go into a broadside slide. She did, however, say that she had been following a white or silver pickup truck that had been swerving moments before the accident.
Frellick said that Highway Patrol officers were unclear if the pickup truck struck the Taurus or if the driver of the Taurus swerved to avoid something else.
Either way, Frellick said patrol officers would like to talk with the driver of the truck. The light-colored pickup has a Flathead County license plate and is possibly a 1997 to 1999 GMC or Chevrolet. It is described as having a metal contractor's rack, with a business advertising logo on the doors with red lettering about 4 to 5 inches tall above the logo. The driver of the Honda believed the single occupant of the truck was a man.
It is likely that there is fresh damage to the truck body, Frellick said.
Anyone who has information about the driver or the truck is asked to call the Montana Highway Patrol office at 1-800-525-5555.