Two women who died in Sunday crash identified

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Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle head-on crash on U.S. 2 just north of Glacier Park International Airport on Sunday. Two women were killed in the crash, which occurred shortly before noon. The victims are identified as Holly Richards, of Bozeman, and Linda Contreras, of Riverside, California. Richards was the driver of a vehicle that reportedly crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle driven by Contreras. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

Two women who died in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 2 Sunday just north of Glacier Park International Airport have been identified.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as Holly Richards of Bozeman and Linda Contreras of Riverside, California.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, Richards, 32, was traveling northbound on U.S. 2 when her vehicle, a Ford Fusion, crossed over the left-turn lane for unknown reasons and into the right southbound lane of traffic shortly before noon.

There she collided with Contreras, 40, head-on near mile marker 131 and Wishart Road.

There was no sign that either vehicle had attempted to brake, and both women were wearing seatbelts. The women were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation and the cause is still unknown; however, according to the Highway Patrol report, drugs are suspected as a contributing factor.

Reporter Mary Cloud Taylor can be reached at 758-4459 or mtaylor@dailyinterlake.com.

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