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A head-on collision between two cars killed three people Tuesday evening in Fergus County, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Two of the victims, Chelsea R. Simpson, 29, and Gage F. Hall, 24, both of Roundup, were identified Wednesday afternoon by Fergus County Coroner R.J. Brown. Investigators had not yet identified the third victim by 4 p.m., Brown said.

The crash was reported Tuesday at about 5:50 p.m. and occurred on U.S. Highway 87 at mile marker 37, roughly 8 miles south of Grass Range.

It's believed that Simpson was driving an SUV southbound and tried to pass another SUV before she collided almost directly head-on with a northbound Mercedes sedan, said MHP Trooper Joe DeJong.

The SUV Simpson was driving ended up in the southbound lane facing north after the crash. The sedan came to a stop across from the SUV, just off the shoulder of the roadway in the east ditch, DeJong said.

Responders arrived to find Simpson and Hall deceased and the third victim injured and in need of extrication. St. Vincent Healthcare Mercy Flight responded to the scene, but the unidentified male died shortly after he was removed from his vehicle and before he could be loaded onto the helicopter, DeJong said.

No one in either car was wearing a seat belt, according to an MHP report detailing the crash.

Drugs, alcohol and speed had not been ruled out as factors as of Wednesday afternoon but initial information suggested at least one of the vehicles was traveling between 60 and 70 mph, DeJong said.

Hall was initially said to be from Billings because of information on his Montana ID, but investigators have since determined he was living in Roundup, Brown said.

There were no other injuries reported, and no one else was in either car at the time of the collision.

Grass Range Fire and Ambulance, Central Montana Medical Center Ambulance, the Fergus County Sheriff's Office and Lewistown Fire and Rescue all responded to the crash. 

MHP, Fergus County Sheriff's Office and the Fergus County Coroner's Office are investigating, according to a press release from the coroner's office. 


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