UPDATE: 3:03 p.m. - Sept. 13, 2022
MISSOULA - Three people died and two people are in critical condition following a Tuesday morning head-on accident in Missoula.
The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) reports the crash on US Highway 10 near Roller Coaster Road happened shortly before 9:15 a.m.
The driver of a vehicle headed west on US Highway 10 near Roller Coaster Road drifted into the eastbound lanes and collided with a passenger car.
Three people died as a result of the accident and two others are in critical condition at Saint Patrick Hosptial.
MHP Trooper TJ Templeton tells MTN News that alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
- information from Hannah Hislop and Mark Thorsell included in this report
UPDATE: 10:52 a.m. - Sept. 13, 2022
MISSOULA - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports that US Highway 10 near the intersection of Roller Coaster Road has been reopened to traffic.
MISSOULA - Drivers can expect delays on US Highway 10 near the intersection of Roller Coaster Road due to a reported fatal accident.
There are numerous emergency vehicles. Expect delays in the area.
The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued an alert for people to avoid the area due to a multi-vehicle accident.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) reports there are lanes blocked in the area.
The accident was reported at 9:09 a.m. on Tuesday.
Developing story. Check back for updates.