Two Die In Collision With Train Wednesday

The Montana Highway Patrol reports that two persons died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, about six miles east of Wolf Point when a freight train struck the pickup they were in. The victims' names have not yet been released.

According to MHP Trooper Mitch Willett, the collision occurred in a field about one-half mile west of Montana Highway 13, east of Wolf Point, at 5:05 a.m. The vehicle with two occupants was driving in a field on the north side of the tracks, crossed a fenceline and became high-centered on the railroad tracks with its front end between the rails.

An eastbound Burlington Northern Sante Fe freight train saw the stationary vehicle on the tracks and activated its brakes, but did not have enough time to stop prior to striking it. The truck was knocked off the tracks, slid down the embankment and rolled one time, landing on its wheels. 

The truck then started on fire. BNSF reported the collision and the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department responded, but the vehicle was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

It was not immediately clear if the victims were killed in the crash or as a result of the fire.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice are continuing the investigation into confirming the victims' identities and making notification to the families.