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A Molt couple were severely injured early Wednesday when they were thrown from their motorcycle after striking a deer just south of Roberts, officials said.

The victims were identified as Robert Nathan Plumb and Kathy Anne Plumb, both 54, according to state Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Olivas.

Robert Plumb was driving a motorcycle north on Highway 212 when the vehicle struck a white-tailed deer that ran into the road about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Olivas said.

The impact caused the couple to tumble off the motorcycle and slide, he said.

Speed and alcohol were believed to be factors, according to Olivas. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Both were taken to Beartooth Hospital in Red Lodge, where they were stabilized before being transferred to St. Vincent Healthcare.

Robert Plumb was in critical condition in the intensive care unit. His wife was in serious condition after undergoing surgery, Olivas said.

No citations had been filed as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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