Two Killed in Crash Near Plains

By Beacon Staff

PLAINS – A husband and wife from Vancouver, Wash., were killed in a head-on collision near Hot Springs in northwestern Montana, a coroner said Thursday.

The victims were 62-year-old Russell Blackman and his 61-year-old wife, Linda, who had recently been living in Hot Springs, Deputy Sanders County Coroner Dan Bates said.

Bates said the Blackmans were killed Tuesday when their Nissan pickup collided head-on with a GMC Envoy on Montana Highway 28 about four miles south of Hot Springs.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Keith Danhoff said the Envoy was heading in the opposite direction, the driver apparently lost control and the Envoy crossed into the Blackmans’ lane.

Russell Blackman was ejected from the pickup and died at the scene. Linda Blackman died later in the day at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Danhoff said.

The driver of the GMC Envoy, a 59-year-old Plains woman whose name was not released, was injured and was taken to St. Patrick’s Hospital, according to the Highway Patrol.