Lewis crash

Billings firefighters cut the roof from a Nissan van to remove a driver injured in a crash at 6th Street West and Lewis Avenue. 

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

A woman drove through a stop sign Tuesday afternoon before her SUV was hit at a Billings intersection and tipped onto its side, police said.

Using power tools, the Billings Fire Department cut through the roof and peeled it back to free the woman, who had landed in the passenger's seat and couldn't get out by herself, Billings Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Gilbert said.

The 25-year-old woman's injuries did not appear to be life threatening, said Sgt. Scott Conrad of the Billings Police Department. 

The crash was reported at about 3:15 p.m. and occurred at Sixth Street West and Lewis Avenue. 

The 16-year-old boy was driving a westbound passenger car that hit the SUV, Conrad said. The boy wasn't hurt. 

The passenger car apparently hit the rear quarter panel of the northbound SUV, which spun around and tipped over onto its passenger side, Conrad said. 

The woman will be cited for not yielding at a stop sign, Conrad said. 

The crash caused a small backup of traffic, forcing two school buses to reverse out of the area to continue on their routes. As responders and police worked, traffic near the crash was limited to the eastbound lane of Lewis Avenue. 

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