Posted: May 22, 2012 3:17 PM by Irina Cates (KPAX News)
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:45 PM
EVARO- The Montana Highway Patrol says alcohol and speed were not factors in Tuesday morning's bus crash near Evaro.
The accident happened at around 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 93 North between Evaro
and Arlee with the Montana Highway Patrol reporting that a pickup truck and a Rimrock Stages bus were heading northbound when the driver of the pickup tried to make a turn and was rear-ended by the bus.
Trooper Philip Smart says the pickup had faulty brake lights as well as a bad turn signal adding that the driver of the pickup is a 20-year-old Missoula man who was on his way from one job to another when the crash happened. He was not wearing a seat belt and suffered a broken leg, but other than that, he's OK.
Smart says there were 11 people on the bus including the driver and that four people involved in the crash went to St. Patrick Hospital and four others went to Community Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation and no one has been charged or cited at this time.