Kalispell Woman Dies in Crash

By Beacon Staff

Six people died in weekend crashes on Montana highways, including Teresa Welty of Kalispell.

Welty, 44, died at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 2 near Kalispell.

Among the other victims was Sarah Lynn Russell, 16, of Helena, who died early Sunday in a one-car accident about 27 miles northeast of Helena, the Lewis and Clark County coroner said.

Russell was a passenger in a car that took a sharp turn and went down a 150-foot embankment, landing in a creek, Coroner Mickey Nelson said. Russell was a backseat passenger, not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the vehicle, the coroner said.

Also killed Sunday were two girls, ages 18 and 16, who died in a one-car rollover on U.S. Highway 2 just outside Poplar in northeastern Montana, the Montana Highway Patrol reported.

Their names were not immediately released.

On Saturday, the driver of a pickup truck that overturned four times died on Interstate 90 east of Big Timber, the patrol said. A woman from Gillette, Wyo., died when a vehicle crashed on Montana 59 near Miles City. And in northwestern Montana, Welty, 44, of Kalispell, died at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 2 near Kalispell.

Names of the other people killed were not released immediately.

The deaths raised Montana’s 2007 highway fatality toll to 150, compared to 149 on July 22, 2006.

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