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Two dead after head-on collision in Flathead County

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:49:44 AM MST   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 09:37:42 PM MDT

Two men are dead after a head-on collision south of Kalispell.

Highway Patrol Trooper, Ed Sievers confirmed the crash happened Thursday at about 8:40 p.m.  He says a Jeep Cherokee with two occupants was headed north in a southbound lane on Highway 93.  The Jeep collided head on with a Toyota pickup truck near mile marker 106. 

"Appears the driver of the southbound vehicle tried to steer away from the crash but he couldn't avoid it," said Trooper Jerril Ren.

Sievers said three men, all in their 40s, were involved.  One man, 43-year-old Brian Delaney of Kalispell, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other two were transported to the Kalispell Regional Hospital with unknown injuries.  One man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators closed a stretch of road Friday afternoon to finish gathering evidence.

Ren tells NBC Montana he's unsure where or when the Jeep crossed into the wrong lane. MHP used something called "total station measuring equipment" to take a closer look at the scene. GPS coordinates on the survey equipment plot points in space -- kind of like a high tech version of connect the dots.

"Ultimately those points connect by lines to form a true scale of the road for vehicle placements, the marks on the road," said Ren. "It basically preserves the evidence we're seeing on the road here today."

Flathead County Prosecutor Ed Corrigan reports the man suspected of driving the Jeep into oncoming traffic will be arrested after being discharged from the hospital in Kalispell and held on two counts of negligent homicide.

Alcohol is highly suspected to have been a factor.