Motorist Dies Near Nyack After Striking Trees

Law enforcement has not confirmed the identity of the driver whose Toyota Tacoma caught on fire after driving off U.S. Highway 2 and striking two trees

By Maggie Dresser
The windowed door to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department in the Justice Center in Kalispell on July 17, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

The driver of a Toyota Tacoma died Saturday after striking two trees near Nyack on U.S. Highway 2, causing the pickup truck to catch on fire, according to Montana Highway Patrol (MHP).

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the driver as of June 11.

The pickup truck was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 at 4:25 p.m. on June 8 when the motorist drove off the road at a left-hand turn at mile marker 164, hitting one tree followed by a second tree head-on. The vehicle then caught on fire and became fully engulfed, according to MHP.

The driver was declared deceased at the scene.

Law enforcement suspects a high rate of speed was a factor in the incident.

“At this time the Montana Highway Patrol and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate this incident,” according to a press release from Flathead County. “The occupant of the vehicle as not yet been identified, remains have been sent to the Montana State Crime Lab for autopsy.”