An Alder rancher and an Arizona man are dead after a head-on collision west of Whitehall on Monday afternoon, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
The 74-year-old rancher and his 73-year-old wife, who was a passenger, were traveling southbound in a pickup truck hauling an empty horse trailer when, for unknown reasons, drifted across the center line and struck a northbound SUV on state Highway 41 shortly before 3:30 p.m., Capt. Gary Becker said Tuesday.
A man, 66, and a female passenger, 43, both of Arizona, were in the SUV. Becker said their relationship was unknown.
The male drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
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The female passengers were taken to St. James Healthcare in Butte – one via ambulance and the other was airlifted. Becker said their injuries were unknown.
Becker said alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash. Both drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon did not release the names of the victims and injured passengers.