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Deer Lodge woman killed, six injured in demolition derby crash

Crash happened at the Tri-Country Fair in Deer Lodge
Posted: 4:01 PM, Aug 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-20 00:20:54-04

A Deer Lodge woman was killed and several people were injured when one of the cars in a demolition derby crashed into a group of spectators.

Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said the incident happened on Sunday evening at the Tri-Country Fair in Deer Lodge during the demolition derby taking place in the rodeo grounds.

One driver participating in the derby lost control of his vehicle, which went over a fence and landed on bleachers full of spectators.

Six spectators were injured and one woman was killed in the incident, said Roselles.

The name of the woman has not yet been released pending notification of relatives.

Roselles said of those injured, two have been treated and released and three remain in stable condition at Deer Lodge Medical Center as of Monday.

Another victim was taken by helicopter to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula.

The Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook: "Please take a moment any pray for those involved at the derby tonight. This was a terrible tragedy that our community will not soon forget."

Authorities are continuing to investigate; we will update you if we get more information.