Wreck claims lives of three area men

   Three area men, one from Dupuyer and two from Valier, died as the result of a two vehicle accident on Wednesday at approximately 1:50 p.m.
   The accident occurred at Hwy. 89 and Seven Mile Lane, the Dupuyer/Valier cut across road, just north of the town of Dupuyer.
   The vehicles involved were a 1976 Ford 4W-drive pickup, driven by Delbert Breding who was northbound on Hwy. 89 when he turned west and collided with a southbound 1995 Buick.
   The Conrad Volunteer Fire Department’s Quick Response Unit responded with the “Jaws of Life” to the accident.  Four firemen used the extrication equipment to remove two victims.
   Pronounced dead at the scene of the accident was Breding, age 71, from Dupuyer, Wayne Anderson, age 71, and Elias Waldner, age 60, both of Valier, who was a passenger in the Anderson vehicle.
   The accident remains under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol with the Pondera County Sheriff’s Department assisting.
   According the MHP, the road conditions at the time of the accident were wet but speed was not a factor in the crash.