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Wrong-way driver injures 4 on Hwy 90

Four people were hospitalized after two separate wrong-way car accidents occurred on Montana roads on Aug. 19, according to reports from local authorities. The accidents happened at about 9 p.m. near the Highway 90 overpass in Laurel, say state troopers.

Rider killed, others hurt in head-on crash

A motorcycle accident in Yellowstone National Park claimed the life of a man earlier this month when he collided head-on with an SUV. The motorcycle rider, age 52, was traveling between Madison Junction and the overlook at Gibbon Falls when he was struck by the large vehicle. The SUV had been traveling southbound and crossed the centerline.

Billings woman gets 20 years for DUI death

A Billings woman accused of causing a fatal head-on car accident while she was driving drunk has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Reports show that the woman had been operating a vehicle while her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. The woman killed a 47-year-old man when she collided with him while driving on the wrong side of the interstate.

Motorcycle deaths on the rise in Montana

Helena officials say that Montana's fatality rate from motorcycle accidents has nearly doubled since the same time last year. Law enforcement representatives say that fewer riders are wearing appropriate safety equipment, which is causing the heightened number of deaths. This year, the state has seen 13 motorcycle deaths. Last year, there were only eight fatalities by July.

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