Libby Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash

By Beacon Staff

LIBBY – A Libby man has died following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 2, west of Libby.

Police say James Willman was eastbound on Saturday afternoon, pulling a load of hay, when the left front tire of his pickup truck blew out.

He lost control of his pickup, which crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a westbound semi tractor-trailer nearly head-on.

A passenger in Willman’s vehicle, 56-year-old Patricia Holzer of Libby, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver of the semi was not injured.