Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana Highway Patrol says an elk that wandered into a roadway caused a deadly crash Monday evening north of Missoula.

The crash happened after 7 p.m. on Highway 200 near Potomac.

According to patrolmen a car was headed east when it hit the elk. That caused the elk to go airborne and hit a Dodge truck going the opposite direction.

The 21-year-old driver of the truck lost control and went down an embankment.

The man, who officials said was from Salmon, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene.

MHP said he was wearing his seat belt.

There was no immediate word on the other driver's condition.

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