Man killed in crash near Big Fork

2014-01-19T16:47:00Z 2014-01-19T21:48:04Z Man killed in crash near Big ForkBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The driver of a Ford truck was killed in a crash Saturday evening near Bigfork. 

The accident occurred near mile marker 2 on Highway 209 at 7:30 p.m., according to the Montana Highway Patrol. 

The vehicle was westbound when the driver, a 42-year-old male from Bigfork, lost control and struck a guardrail. 

The vehicle rolled over the rail and down an embankment. 

The man did not have on a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. 

The passenger, a 22-year-old man from Kalispell, was wearing a seat belt and was transported by ambulance to Kalispell Regional Hospital with minor injuries. 

The road was dotted with black ice at the time of the crash, and speed was a factor, authorities said.

It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. 

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