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A 66-year-old man died in a head-on, two-vehicle crash near Ennis on Saturday afternoon.

The Bozeman man, whose name has not been released, was driving on U.S. Highway 287 when his car was struck by a vehicle that had crossed over into his lane of traffic, a Montana Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 79-year-old Ennis man, was airlifted from the scene to a Bozeman hospital. Both men were wearing seatbelts, MHP reported.

The crash occurred at about 4:20 p.m. near mile marker 51. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed played factors in the wreck.

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The Ennis man, whose identity has not been released, was southbound in a 1997 Chevy pickup when his vehicle crossed into the opposite lane of traffic. The pickup struck a 1996 Mazda Protégé driven by the Bozeman man head-on. The pickup spun and landed in a field. The Mazda spun and ended up on a side road, Recycled Way.

The crash remains under investigation.

Contact Brandt at 406-496-5519 or angela.brandt@mtstandard.com

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