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Hamilton woman killed in early morning crash Saturday

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A 28-year-old Hamilton woman died following an early morning head-on collision Saturday.

Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner Steve Holton identified the victim as Kaylie Marie Ueland. 

The accident occurred just after midnight on the Eastside Highway south of Corvallis, according to Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Bennett.

The collision involved a Ford Explorer driven by a 38-year-old Victor woman. Her 14-year-old son was sitting in the backseat.

The Hamilton woman was driving a Ford Escape that caught fire.

The accident happened just north of the Hamilton Heights intersection at a curve in the road.

Bennett said the investigation is ongoing to determine which vehicle encroached into the other lane. A drone has been used to create a forensic map and interviews are being conducted.

“It’s still early in the investigation but impairment or excessive speed is not suspected to have played a role,” Bennett said.

The 14-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision and was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City to treat internal injuries. Bennett said the boy was sitting in the middle of the back seat and was wearing a lap belt.

The names of the other victims have not been released. 

This is the 215th fatal crash investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol this year. 

While road conditions may not have played a role in this accident, Holton urged drivers to be aware snow and ice on roadways is common this time of year. 

"People really need to pay attention," Holton said. "We have been pretty fortunate with the weather so far this year but it's not going to last forever. People need to pay attention and slow down and give themselves some extra time when the roadways are slick."

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