Man seriously hurt in head-on crash on Highway 312 bridge

2014-06-11T09:15:00Z 2014-06-13T15:15:27Z Man seriously hurt in head-on crash on Highway 312 bridgeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 11, 2014 9:15 am  • 

A 22-year-old Huntley man was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare with serious injuries after hitting a van head-on as he attempted to pass a vehicle on the Highway 312 bridge over the Yellowstone River, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Buck O’Neill.

The crash happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday between Shepherd and Huntley.

A van driven by a woman with four young passengers was headed west across the bridge between Huntley and Shepherd, when a car headed eastbound attempted to pass on a double-yellow line, O’Neill said.

The 22-year-old Huntley man was unable to get back on the eastbound side on the road.

He slammed on his brakes, hit the guardrail and then went back into traffic and hit the van head-on.

The driver of the van was a mother with four young children, she and her children were went to the hospital and were cleared of injury.

The driver of the car was not wearing a seat belt, and the car’s airbag deployed.

Both alcohol and speed are being investigated as factors, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, Ben Panas.

The driver will be cited, but the exact charges have not been determined, he said. The crash continues to be under investigation.

Traffic was rerouted through Huntley and turning west on Shepherd Road while law enforcement and emergency personnel responded.

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