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Bus crashes in Montana; 2 reported dead

Bus crashes in Montana; 2 reported dead

A bus crashed Sunday on an icy interstate highway in southwestern Montana, killing at least two people and sending more than two dozen to area hospitals, officials said.
The westbound Rimrock Trailways bus crashed on Interstate 90 about 18 miles (29 kilometers) southeast of Missoula, shortly after 7 a.m., Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association said.
The crash was one of several reported along that stretch of highway Sunday morning, closing both eastbound and westbound lanes of an 8-mile (13-kilometer) section of the interstate between Clinton and Turah. It was not clear if there were additional injuries, or how many.
Two people died in the bus crash and two others were in critical condition, Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Hoffman said. He expected the death toll to rise.
Eight people were seriously injured and another 22 received minor injuries, Hoffman said.
Those suffering the worst injuries appeared to have been ejected when the bus slid on its side and bounced, breaking out the windows on the driver's side. Three people were pinned under the bus. Hoffman said the driver was among the seriously injured.
Mary Windecker, spokeswoman for the Community Medical Center in Missoula, said 20 passengers were taken there to be treated for various injuries, none critical. Others were taken to St. Patrick Hospital, she said.
A St. Patrick spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press Sunday morning.
The cause of the crash was not yet known, though it is believed icy conditions were a factor, Ronan said. The electronic equipment on the bus indicated it was going 65 mph (105 kph) at the time of the crash, he said.
The bus was headed west from Billings to Missoula, Ronan said.


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:20 GMT+08:00