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LAKE COUNTY — A series of crashes caused several injuries and one death along U.S. Highway 93 within a 24-hour period last week.

A male was killed in a rollover wreck late Thursday evening north of Arlee. Jiry Mayo Hammond, 39 of Anchorage, Alaska, was ejected when the vehicle he was traveling in drove off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned on Dumontier Road and Highway 93. The crash is still under investigation, according to a Missoula dispatcher for the Montana Highway Patrol.

Late Thursday morning a small pickup collided with a hearse at the intersection of Clairmont Road and Highway 93, causing at least two people to be injured. No further information was available.

At around 2 a.m. Friday morning, a minivan was rear-ended by a black Volkswagen Jetta near the base of Jette Hill on Highway 93. The force of impact pushed the van down a steep embankment, causing the van to roll onto the passenger side of the vehicle. The adult driver of the van was wearing a seatbelt, and the young child was secured in a car seat, but the driver of the Jetta was unrestrained, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Zach Miller. All three received injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

Another wreck on Jette Hill just before noon Friday sent the driver of a Dodge Neon to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, where he was met by Alert air ambulance and flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Neon, who was not wearing a seat belt, according to MHP Trooper Patrick Herman, rear-ended a northbound truck pulling a fifth-wheel that was turning left near Jette Store. Highway 93 traffic was diverted around the crash to preserve the scene for an investigation.

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