The Emporia Gazette

A family member confirmed to The Gazette that two men from Emporia died in a traffic fatality in Montana last week.

Lorenzo Javier Segura, 18, and 35-year-old Raudel Palacio died when, at around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, they were involved in a two-vehicle crash on Montana Highway 16 in the eastern portion of the state.

Segura was a 2019 graduate of Emporia High School. Palacio was originally from Mexico, but was living in Emporia, according to a family member.

The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune reported that, according to the Montana Highway Patrol, Segura was driving a 2001 Honda S2000 when he lost control and started to skid sideways while entering onto a bridge. The vehicle, which was traveling northbound, entered the southbound lane and was struck in a T-bone collision by a 2018 Ford F-150 driven by a 46-year-old Billings, Montana, man.

According to the report, both Segura and Palacio were deceased upon arrival of the Montana Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Ford was airlifted from a nearby hospital, but he did survive his injuries.

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Palacio — a passenger in the vehicle driven by Segura — was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Speed and road conditions were both believed to be factors in the crash.

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