- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A pickup truck went off an icy highway west of Bigfork, hit a guardrail and rolled down an embankment into the Swan River, killing the 42-year-old driver.

The Flathead County sheriff’s office tells the Flathead Beacon (http://bit.ly/LI0pEI ) the victim was James Lee Brown of Bigfork.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Brown was driving on Montana Highway 209 at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the pickup. He was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.

A 22-year-old Kalispell man who was a passenger was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

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