A 19-year-old man was killed in a single-car crash on Highway 200 in Powell County near Ovando early Tuesday morning, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Inman.
A 23-year-old passenger was injured in the crash and taken via Life Flight to Missoula's St. Patrick Hospital for treatment but is expected to recover, Inman said.
The crash occurred at an unknown time between about 3 and 5 a.m., when the driver missed a curve in his small red car, tried to compensate, overcorrected and sent the car rolling, according to Inman.
Inman said the car rolled twice before coming to a stop on its wheels and that both men were ejected from the vehicle. They were not wearing seat belts.
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Inman said speed was a factor in the crash and that alcohol is suspected to have been a cause, though the investigation is ongoing.
The passenger suffered a deep laceration to his hip as well as possible head injuries.
The men were traveling from Great Falls to an unknown destination when the wreck occurred near mile marker 42, according to Inman.
He said MHP cannot release the names of the men because they are still working to notify family members of the deceased.