Independent Record - 08/15/2009

Two men were seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision near Avon.

Cal Stucky, 50, of Avon was driving a pickup truck and hauling a horse trailer south on Secondary 141 two miles north of Avon at about 3:30 p.m. A pickup headed north drifted into Stucky's lane, and the two vehicles colided.

The second vehicle was being driven by Seth Schmautz, a Kalispell man in his 30s, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Wyckoff.

Schmautz said he fell asleep before he lost control of his vehicle, according to Wyckoff.

Stucky suffered extensive injuries and was taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, then flown to a Seattle hospital, Wyckoff said.

Schmautz also was seriously injured and was taken by helicopter to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Wyckoff said.

The accident is still under investigation, he added.

Along with his wife, Stucky is the owner of Sage Mountain Outfitters in Avon.

A fund named the Cal Stucky Assistance Fund has been set up at US Bank in Helena to help defray Stucky's medical costs.

The bank is at 302 N. Last Chance Gulch.

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