BUTTE - Authorities say a 29-year-old woman died as a result of a wreck on Interstate 90 near the Ramsay exit. A pickup struck a semi carrying cattle at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday.
A 29-year-old man, the woman and an 11-year-old girl, all of Virginia, were in the pickup. Montana Highway Patrol trooper Cody Ruane said all three had to be extricated from the pickup.
The man, who was driving, and child were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Butte-Silver Bow Coroner Lee LaBreche said the woman died as a result of the injuries. He declined to release a name pending notification of family.
Authorities shut down the westbound lanes of the interstate immediately after the wreck. Officers remained on the scene into the night.
The collision occurred after the eastbound cattle truck driver illegally turned into the emergency vehicle turnout and pulled into the westbound lanes. Ruane said the pickup struck the semi at "interstate speeds" and it appears the driver didn't apply the brakes.
"Drugs or alcohol may have been a factor," Ruane added.
The man and woman were not wearing seatbelts. The child was wearing one but incorrectly, Ruane said. They were all sitting on the bench seat of the single-cab pickup.
The semi driver, a 47-year-old Kansas man, was treated at the hospital and released.
Troopers continue to investigate the collision. No charges or citations were issued Thursday night.
Brandt, Angela, The Billings Gazette.Virginia woman dead from injuries in crash near Butte. November 15, 2013