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A fatal crash involving a 56-year-old man was reported by the Highway Patrol early Thursday morning.

The Montana Highway Patrol's incidents website showed that at 6:37 a.m. a fatal crash was called in near northbound mile marker 40 on Highway 287 near the intersection of Highway 21. 

Trooper Amanda Villa, lead investigator on the crash, said that the man drifted off the right side of the road and hit a set of trees. "He was wearing his seat belt and airbags were deployed," Villa said. 

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The single-vehicle incident involved only the driver. Villa said that it was unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. "We'll know more when the toxicology report comes back," Villa said.

Speed is suspected to be a factor in the crash. 

The Lewis and Clark County coroner will release the name of the victim once the family is notified. 

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