Bigfork Men in Fatal Crash Identified

By Beacon Staff

Two Bigfork-area men died when their vehicle rolled over on Montana 209 near Ferndale.

The Flathead County sheriff’s office identified the men as 27-year-old Matthew Emslie and 26-year-old Sean Purcell.

Authorities say the vehicle was traveling west on Montana 209 shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when it veered across traffic into a ditch and rolled. No other vehicles were involved.

The passenger, Purcell, remained within the vehicle during the rollover and died at the scene.

The driver, Emslie, was ejected and taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.