2 people in their 70s killed Wednesday in Madison County car accident

2014-05-15T09:00:00Z 2014-05-16T00:19:41Z 2 people in their 70s killed Wednesday in Madison County car accidentGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 78-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman from Idaho died in a head-on collision that also injured an 80-year-old woman about 20 miles outside of Ennis on Wednesday.

According to a Montana Highway Patrol dispatcher, the couple was driving eastbound on Montana Highway 84 in a Toyota Sienna. At the same time, an 80-year-old woman from Ennis was westbound on the same road.

The crash occurred when, for unknown reasons, the woman from Ennis crossed over into the eastbound lane, hitting the couple head-on, causing both vehicles' airbags to deploy, the dispatcher said.

A trooper was dispatched at 4:20 p.m. to the scene, where the 78-year-old man driving the Sienna — Herbert Petersen of Pocatello, Idaho — was pronounced dead.

Both of the women were flown to Bozeman Deaconess Health Services, where Peterson's wife, 75-year-old Jacqueline, later died.

Madison County officials said Thursday that 78-year-old died at the scene while his 75-year-old wife, Jacqueline, died after arriving at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

The Montana Highway Patrol says an 80-year-old woman from Ennis was driving an SUV on Norris Road west of Bozeman at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday when her vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane, striking a minivan.

The Ennis woman was hospitalized in Bozeman.

The patrol is still investigating the crash.

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