The Missoulian reports beginning Wednesday raised the state’s total to 161 this year. That’s fewer than last year’s 173 recorded through the same period.
The 2017 year-end total of 186 deaths was the fewest since 1989.
Montana Highway Patrol says two people were killed after a train struck their pickup east of Wolf Point, marking the start of the carnage Wednesday.
A North Dakota couple and their two young daughters were all killed after their car veered off a roadway east of Billings on Thanksgiving Day.
The deadly stretch was capped Sunday when a 14-year-old Ronan girl died after a crash that injured four other children.