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The county coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Tielking of Helena died in a fiery wreck on Highway 12 earlier this week.

Tielking was one of two Helena men who died at the scene of the head-on collision Wednesday night. Tielking's name was released Friday after an autopsy confirmed his identity. 

The crash occurred when a pickup truck driven by 46-year-old Chester French, traveling on the wrong side of Highway 12 between Helena and East Helena, collided with Tielking's pickup just after 10 p.m. 

The truck driven by Tielking, which was in the correct lane, burst into flames upon impact, and both drivers died at the scene.

The cause of death for both men has not been released. Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg said he is awaiting results from testing, including toxicology reports. 

The Montana Highway Patrol said there's a "high probability" alcohol played a part in the wreck. Testing done at the scene indicates French’s truck was speeding at the time of the collision, officials said. 


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