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HELENA — A grandmother and granddaughter were killed in a head-on crash just outside of East Helena on Tuesday night, according to Montana Highway Patrol.

The two women were traveling east into East Helena on Highway 12 shortly after 10:30 p.m. when a vehicle driving the wrong way in their lane hit them head on, said captain George Cruickshanck of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office.

The 16-year-old granddaughter died at the scene of the crash, and the older woman died after being taken to St. Peter’s Hospital, Cruickshank said.

The two victims who died were in a Ford Probe and the other two adults involved in the crash were in a Mercury Cougar, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Lee.

The two adults in the Mercury were in stable condition, he said Wednesday morning.

He said the crash happened between the viaduct and mile marker 48 on Highway 12.

The crash is still under investigation, Lee said, adding that blood was drawn from the driver of the Mercury and sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

He said that investigators suspect that alcohol was involved in the crash.

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