Two People Critically Injured After Jumping From Icy Bridge During 30-Vehicle Pileup
Billings, MT – Two people were critically injured on Saturday after jumping from a bridge along a Montana interstate during a pileup involving dozens of vehicles.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP), the massive chain reaction crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between mile markers 450 to 455.
MHP Troopers arrived to the scene around noon to discover approximately 30 vehicles, including multiple big rigs, in a pileup.
No fatalities have been reported.
However, two people suffered serious injuries after jumping from the Yellowstone River Bridge nearly 100 feet to the ground below in order to avoid being struck by oncoming vehicles, investigators said.
They are “expected to recover,” according to the latest update from MHP.
Additionally, four others were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Images from the crash released by MHP reveal multiple tractor-trailers in the mangled wreckage.
An investigation into precisely what led to the crash is ongoing though MHP informed the suspected cause of the chain reaction crashes was “ice on the Yellowstone River Bridge.”
Authorities were forced to close traffic in both directions.
It took emergency crews approximately five hours to clear the scene enough to get traffic moving again.
“I would say this is the largest pileup, and winter-time accident, that I’ve seen in my nearly 20 years with the fire department,” Billings Fire Department Chief Jason Lyon, told the Billings Gazette at the scene.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow any new developments in the investigation.
Photos courtesy of MHP