Two Harlem residents died late Thursday and three others were injured in a one-vehicle accident on the Fort Belknap Reservation.
The driver, identified by Blaine County Sheriff and Coroner Glenn Huestis as Jenelle Healy, 34, and a passenger, Steve Martin Cochran, 33, died at the scene after being thrown from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt.
The accident happened at about 11:50 p.m. on private property less than a mile north of Snake Butte Road, a spokesman for the Montana Highway Patrol said.
Healy was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup northbound when she failed to make a left curve in the road. The truck entered a field and rolled, throwing three people from the vehicle.
Three passengers were injured. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old boy who was thrown out and was not wearing a seat belt, was flown to a hospital in Great Falls.
The remaining two passengers, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, were taken to the Indian Health Service hospital on the reservation. The patrol said it was unknown if either was wearing a seat belt.
Speed was a factor in the accident, but it was unknown whether alcohol was involved, the patrol said.