Two Men Killed in Labor Day Crashes

UPDATE: Two men were killed on Labor Day in separate rollover crashes that occurred in the local area, one was from Buffalo.

63-year-old Kenneth Harriet of Buffalo died on Monday night at the scene of the crash from injuries suffered when he was ejected from his F-250 pickup. According to the state patrol, he was traveling on Interstate 90 when he rolled his vehicle after over correcting when he drifted off the highway. He crashed about 11 miles east of his hometown. Alcohol use is being investigated as a factor in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

The other man killed was from Montana. He’s been identified by the patrol as 25-year-old Derrick Coversup of Billings. The driver of that vehicle, a Saturn Aura, identified as 27-year-old Avis Blacksmith, was also injured and could be facing possible charges. Alcohol, in this crash, could also be a factor, along with speeding. Coversup, who was a front-seat passenger, also died at the scene from injuries suffered when ejected from the vehicle. A backseat passenger, identified as 23-year-old Lakendra Maxwell of Billings, was also transported to a hospital along with Blacksmith. Their condition is unknown.

According to the patrol report, the crash occurred at about 3:30 Monday morning on state Highway 335 about 14 miles southwest of Sheridan. The vehicle rolled after the driver over corrected after drifting off the highway while traveling on a downgrade. Only the driver was wearing a seatbelt. The crash caused a temporary closure of the highway.

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