MISSOULA, Mont - A young Darby area man died, and his friend suffered major injuries in a head on crash near Hamilton.
It happened about 5:30 Thursday morning, on East Side Highway near the Fairgrounds Road intersection.
That's just east of Hamilton High School.
Montana Highway Patrol said the 19-year-old man was a passenger in a Toyota Tacoma when it crashed head on into a Northwest Energy truck.
Witnesses said the 21-year-old Darby area driver was speeding, and crossed the center line.
MHP said alcohol was a main factor in the crash.
Neither young man was wearing a seat belt.
The utility truck driver was treated and released at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
The Toyota's driver is at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.