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A 25-year-old man was killed Wednesday night when a semi truck crossed the center line and hit his car head-on about eight miles west of Lame Deer.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, which occurred about 11 p.m., Montana Highway Patrol officer Scott McDermott said.

The victim’s identity has not been released, but he is believed to be from the Lame Deer area, McDermott said.

McDermott said the semi driver, a 37-year-old Butte man, was traveling east on U.S. 212 when he crossed the center line and hit a westbound 1990 Pontiac Grand Am driven by the victim. The semi, a Jones Brothers Trucking rig from Missoula carrying a load of lumber, went over the top of the Pontiac, he said. The semi ended up on the north side of the highway and rolled on its side. The driver was able to crawl out of the truck.

Both men were alone in the vehicles. McDermott said that early in the investigation it was not clear if seat belts were used or if speed was a factor. McDermott believes alcohol was a factor but said the investigation is pending and he would not release which of the drivers may have been drinking.

No tickets were issued as of Thursday evening.

The accident brings the death toll on Montana’s highways to 116 for July 26 compared to 126 a year ago.

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