Kentucky woman killed near Fort Peck

2014-08-03T10:45:00Z 2014-08-05T07:05:16Z Kentucky woman killed near Fort PeckBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 27-year-old Kentucky woman died Saturday after she was ejected from the passenger seat of a minivan near near Fort Peck on Highway 24.

The call came in at 8:25 p.m., according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

The vehicle's driver and only other occupant, a 29 year old female from St. Marie, was taken to a hospital in Glasgow and treated for her injuries. 

The vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Montana, was headed northbound near mile marker 35 when the driver reported that she saw some deer on the side of the road.

Distracted by the the deer, she drifted off the shoulder.

In an attempt to get back on the road, she over-corrected and crossed both lanes of traffic on the highway. When the vehicle entered the opposite ditch, it rolled, ejecting the passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver was wearing a seat belt, the passenger was not. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, according to MHP. Whether speed was a factor is still under investigation. 

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