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Man killed in collision on I-81

WINCHESTER -- A Great Falls man died Saturday when he collided with another vehicle while driving the wrong direction in the northbound lane of Interstate 81.

Rahmatollah Rouhani Najaf Adad, 82, of Great Falls, died shortly before 1:30 p.m. after his 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck a 2007 Chevrolet car near the 317 mile marker on I-81 North, according to Sgt. Les Tyler of state police.

Rouhani Najaf Adad was transported to Winchester Medical Center after the crash, which occurred around 11:10 a.m., but died hours later from his injuries, Tyler said.
He was not wearing a seat belt but the four occupants of the Chevrolet were, Tyler added.

Although Tyler is not releasing the names of those occupants, he said they were a family consisting of a 17-year-old male, who was driving, a 44-year-old female in the passenger seat, a 20-year-old female in the right rear seat and a 45-year-old male in the left rear seat.

All were taken to Winchester Medical Center.

The crash, which is still under investigation, caused the northbound lanes of the roadway to close for about 45 minutes, Tyler said.


Sadly, it sounds like another case of an aged driver who may not have been able to handle driving safely. This is a real problem with our aging population, and innocent people should NOT have to pay with their lives because Grandpa *insists* he is safe to drive.

Driving is a privilege, NOT a right!

I for one am an aged driver nearing 60. I would have absolutely no problem with the county testing me annually after i've reached a certain age, probably around 65, if for no other reason to insure i'm a capable driver. Vision, hearing & skill testing, plus a required semi-annual physical.

As for Grandpa, i wouldn't be to hasty to jump to conclusions, he might of been healthy as an ox and all of a sudden he had an 'event', stroke, etc, causing sudden confusion. And his driving record may of been spotless, we'll never know. May he rest in peace......

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