A man found dead after the logging truck he was driving rolled off an embankment on State Highway 569 near Anaconda Monday morning suffered a heart-related event just prior to his truck leaving the highway, authorities say.
The Anaconda-Deer Lodge Coroner’s Office identified the man Tuesday as 60-year-old Raymond Mann of Phosphate, Montana.
His body was taken to the State Crime Lab in Missoula where an autopsy was performed and preliminary findings indicate he suffered a “significant cardiovascular related event,” Coroner Jessie Billquist-Jette said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
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According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the truck was headed up a hill on Highway 569 about nine miles south of Anaconda when it started rolling backwards and went off the side of the road and caught fire around 5:15 a.m. Monday.
The two-lane highway is considered a scenic route through the Pintlers from State Highway 1 near Anaconda, south past Mount Haggin and ends up at Montana 43 north of Wisdom.