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The Red Lodge man killed Monday evening in a three-car crash near Joliet was 73-year-old Kent Harris, Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan said Tuesday.

The crash occurred about 3 miles west of Joliet on U.S. Highway 212 shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. The highway was shut down for about five hours following the wreck.

Harris was driving a Ford F-150 pickup in a line of southbound cars behind a snow plow when he tried to pass the car in front of him, according to the Montana Highway Patrol report.

When he moved into the northbound lane, he struck a Jeep head-on, and then struck another pickup that was driving behind the Jeep.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, the report states.

Both occupants of the other pickup truck were transported to the Beartooth Billings Clinic with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep had minor injuries, but refused medical treatment, the report states.


Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.