A Chevy Celebrity is crumpled in the ditch

A Chevy Celebrity is crumpled in the ditch along Highway 87 after a crash at the instersection with Crooked Creek Road near the 17 Mile shooting range Saturday, November 11, 2017.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

Witnesses told the Montana Highway Patrol that a crash north of Billings near the 17-Mile Shooting Range Saturday sent a 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity end-over-end before it landed off the road and on its roof. 

The Chevrolet's driver was waiting for oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 87 North to clear so he could turn onto Crooked Creek Road toward the 17-Mile Shooting Range when he was struck from behind by a Mitsubishi SUV, according to MHP Trooper Luke Knaff.

Both occupants of the Celebrity, a man and boy, were cut out of their seat belts by responders and were both moving around and talking before they were taken by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries, according to Knaff.

The woman driving the SUV and her passenger, a girl, were uninjured, Knaff said.

A group of men working under the hood of a pickup truck on the side of the road witnessed the crash and called 911. 

The crash remains under investigation, but Knaff said alcohol and drugs were not suspected to have had a role in the crash. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.