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9 hospitalized after multi-vehicle crash in western Montana

Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 17:48:28-05

ST. IGNATIUS – A three-vehicle crash near St. Ignatius involving a school passenger van sent nine people to the hospital and temporarily shut down Highway 93 Wednesday evening.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Norh Pesola says a dump truck was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 32 when it entered the northbound lane and sideswiped a blue SUV.

Those vehicles then collided with a 15-passenger transport van used by Nkwusum, a Salish Language School out of Arlee.

Nine occupants in the van, including several children, were transported to hospitals in Ronan and Missoula with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the dump truck and the SUV were not transported to the hospital.

Pesola says weather is a suspected factor, as troopers continue to investigate.

Reporting by Don Fisher for MTN News