Two men were killed and three other people were injured Sunday in a chain-reaction crash that involved a pickup truck and a pack of four motorcycles on Montana Highway 86 outside of Wilsall.
The collision happened just after 6 p.m., according to the Montana Highway Patrol. A 49-year-old man from Belgrade man was driving eastbound in a Toyota Tundra pickup a few miles northwest of Wilsall.
The motorcycles were riding westbound on the highway, led by a 29-year-old man from Bismarck, N.D., who was driving a Harley-Davidson but wasn't wearing a helmet.
Behind him was a 40-year-old man from Belgrade riding a Harley-Davidson also without on a helmet; a 34-year-old male from Belgrade on a Harley Davidson who was wearing a helmet; and a 31-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman passenger on a Honda motorcycle, both from Belgrade and neither one wearing a helmet.
The first rider, followed by the other three motorcycles, attempted to pass in the right-hand curve on a double-yellow line, the MHP said. The man's bike went into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit the Toyota Tundra head-on.
That caused a chain-reaction crash with the second and third motorcycles, and the man riding on the fourth bike attempted to avoid the others by laying his bike down.
The lead motorcyclist, from Bismarck, and the 40-year-old from Belgrade both were pronounced dead at the scene. The 34-year-old man was treated for injuries at the scene, and the 31-year-old man from Belgrade and his passenger also were treated at the scene.
Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, the MHP said, among some of the motorcyclists. The man driving the pickup was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the MHP said.
The victims' names have not been released.