Updated 2:40 p.m., Sept. 21
A homecoming football game at a tiny Montana high school was canceled Friday after an 18-year-old player was killed in a single-vehicle accident earlier in the afternoon.
Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan said a 1970s Ford model pickup truck carrying four Broadwater (Townsend, Mont.)
players — two in the cab and two in the bed — drove off an embankment East of town at 3:15 p.m., four hours before the team's scheduled home game with Columbus.
Both players from the bed were ejected from the truck and one died. The name of that player was not released. The driver of the truck was 15.
"We'll likely release it tomorrow," Meehan said. "The parents have been notified but we have more family to contact."
The three remaining players were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Meehan said the pickup truck, traveling on a dirt road, swerved to avoid another vehicle moving in the same direction. Speed was a probable factor in the accident, Meehan said.
Nobody in the other vehicle was harmed.
"That vehicle wasn't even touched," Meehan said.
This was the first death of a teenager by vehicle accident in Broadwater County (population 5,700) in the 13 years Meehan has been an officer.
"We've been very fortunate," Meehan said. "But today was a tragic day."
Besides all Homecoming activities, a cross-country meet and volleyball matches scheduled for Saturday were also cancelled.