2 fatal crashes in Sheridan County just 9 hours apart

2014-08-09T22:43:00Z 2014-08-15T15:36:09Z 2 fatal crashes in Sheridan County just 9 hours apartBy NICK BALATSOS nbalatsos@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Two separate car accidents about 15 miles apart killed two people in Sheridan County between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to a Montana Highway Patrol dispatcher. 

The first crash occurred Friday at 8:30 p.m., killing a 24-year-old Oregon woman and sending her passenger, a 22-year-old Oregon man, to the hospital. 

The pair was driving north on Mann Road near Reserve when the woman veered off the road into a ditch, where both occupants were ejected. 

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the man was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. 

Alcohol and speed were factors, and they were not wearing seat belts, according to MHP. 

The second accident occurred about 9 hours later, at 5:30 a.m., killing a 37-year-old Reserve man. 

The man was driving west on Montana Secondary Highway 258 in a Ford pickup  when he went off the road, overcorrected, spun and rolled into the ditch on the opposite lane. The truck came to a rest on its roof. 

Although he was wearing his seat belt, the man was partially ejected. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and alcohol was also a factor.

The two accidents were 10 to 15 miles apart, the dispatcher said. Both crashes remain under investigation. 

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