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.