Two-vehicle accident in Hardin sends girl to hospital and man to jail

2012-10-11T21:24:00Z 2014-08-25T09:35:56Z Two-vehicle accident in Hardin sends girl to hospital and man to jailCARMEN DAYE IRISH The Billings Gazette

A man illegally driving a commercial sugar beet truck Thursday side-swiped a car sending one of its occupants to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Winburn said Manuel Borjas, 31, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was arrested and charged with negligent endangerment, careless driving and driving without a valid license and is being held in the Big Horn County jail.

At about 12:40 p.m., a 15-year-old Hardin girl, driving a passenger car, turned south onto Highway 47 from Sugar Factory Road, less than a half-mile south of Interstate 90, when the truck traveling north on Highway 47 crossed into the southbound lane and collided with the car.

"The truck ripped off the side of the car, opening it like a sardine can," Winburn said. "

Winburn said Borjas was in the United States on a valid visa, however was not authorized with a working visa. Borjas was transporting sugar beets for Rudy Travino, of Hardin, Winburn said.

The girl was transported by ambulance to Big Horn County Memorial Hospital in Hardin. From there, Winburn said she was then transported to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

A juvenile male passenger, who was uninjured, was also in the car.

Traffic was slowed for nearly two hours while MHP and Big Horn County officers investigated the accident and cleared sugar beets and vehicle debris left from the collision.

Details about the accident were not immediately available and the crash remains under investigation. Winburn was not certain about the make and model of the vehicles involved or the passenger's age and residence.

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  1. readytoscream
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    readytoscream - October 17, 2012 2:10 pm
    In answer to, the 15 year old does not have a driver's license and has been driving for awhile, along with a number of other high school students here. Maybe it is time some random checks were done. That being said, we are so sorry this happened. She has a tough time ahead of her and thank God it wasn't worse.
    Something definitely needs to be done to make that intersection safer. It is not a new issue, but sometimes it takes a tragedy like this to awaken the right people!
  2. fattech
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    fattech - October 17, 2012 2:31 am
    Nascarrunner.... the story has to be incorrect when it says the accident was south of I-90, especially looking at the picture of the car. If it were correct, that half a mile south would put it right in the middle of town, not looking out into a field, and the guard rail is right at the intersection of 47 and Sugar factory road where the drainage ditch goes under 47. So when it says "turned south onto Highway 47 from Sugar Factory Road, less than a half-mile south of Interstate 90," it should say "north" of I-90 instead.
  3. Kathrynd
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    Kathrynd - October 13, 2012 11:50 pm
    jv_in_MT is not hating farmers, don't act like we are three and pointing fingers. We are all grown ups here. The life of a young girl, our future was injured. If this was an adult you wouldn't be acting like children. Before you and everyone else start saying " they are farmer haters" see the point in which the other person is speaking from.
  4. Kathrynd
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    Kathrynd - October 13, 2012 11:45 pm
    They could also drive carefully, I understand that they bring our food, don't get me wrong, but they have to look out too. Where the accident happened, there is poor visibility. I know because I live in Hardin, and drive that road often. I do believe that the truck driver, if he was trained, would have known to look also. As the beet harvest grows to a close the truck drivers try and complete the harvest faster, sometime without the safety that is needed.
  5. Kathrynd
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    Kathrynd - October 13, 2012 11:33 pm
    Her spline was removed, and they had to repair her bladder.
  6. Kathrynd
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    Kathrynd - October 13, 2012 11:31 pm
    It shouldn't have happened. Everyone on the road has to look out and see their surroundings. I have seen some of the beet truckers drive, I know that they don't always pay attention. And someone driving illegally is bad. Even though she is young, it doesn't have to be brought up. A young driver can be a good driver. It was both of their faults.
  7. AnnieK
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    AnnieK - October 13, 2012 9:43 am
    so did the 15 year old girl have a drivers license?
  8. snowrockinblonde
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    snowrockinblonde - October 12, 2012 11:19 pm
    beef4dinner knows and yes may be applying some of the story was fabricated and or just no reported... Being from Hardin and looking at the corner the students pulled out in front... INEXPERIENCE bad luck and timing are all to play a part in this accident not defending either driver but both were in the wrong and both are very lucky to be alive and this wasn't any worse. Prayers for the families involved
  9. nascarrunner
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    nascarrunner - October 12, 2012 8:42 pm
    I cannot believe the people who can’t read and understand English (beef4dinner). I will help you out, lets break it down, “At about 12:40 p.m., a 15-year-old Hardin girl, driving a passenger car, turned south onto Highway 47” let’s stop here, she stopped and made a left to head south. Now let’s resume, “….from Sugar Factory Road, less than a half-mile south of Interstate 90, when the truck traveling north on Highway 47 crossed into the southbound lane and collided with the car.” The beet truck crossed the center line. She was SIDE SWIPPED NOT T-BONED. Also look at Google map, she had traveled over 3000 feet SOUTH that is 3 quarters of a mile, the accident happened HALF A MILE SOUTH of Interstate 90, Sugar Factor Road is 2500 feet plus NORTH OF INTERSTATE 90, what are you illiterate??? All I care about what happens to that driver of that beet truck is he should be prosecuted and held accountable, he should not have been driving PERIOD!!! I hope the families of the girl and all passengers of that car sue the crap out of Rudy Travino for hiring a foreigner not on a work visa (yes I can read, I am not calling him an Illegal) that does not have a VALID driver’s license or a VALID work visa. I have a valid license, I keep it paid for, legally, and I pay the commercial fees on it (Yes, a commercial driver’s license). Travino is trying to get by cheap and give other farmers and commercial drivers a bad name.
  10. mrsfisherman
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    mrsfisherman - October 12, 2012 8:35 pm
    Hardin High has open campus for lunch so high school kids are driving around at the noon hour.
  11. Nightmare
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    Nightmare - October 12, 2012 3:59 pm
    Just a thought,,,WHAT is a 15 year old girl doing at 12:40 PM driving around? Why was she not in school? Inexperanced driver, & a Bad reaction when she sees a LARGE truck comming. Could of been a legal truck driver & had the same problem.
    But most only see the "illegal truck driver" .. No he should not of been driving, but this could of happened with a legal driver in the truck.
    1 thing for most car & pickup drivers to rember is Large trucks do not handle & stop like your car/pickup. They need a LOT more room. For safty keep some distance
  12. rainbowed
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    rainbowed - October 12, 2012 3:52 pm
    I'm used to those threats. Don't forget there are no do-overs in life. Once you have wasted your time and money there is no getting it back. Meanwhile, your big dude in the sky still doesn't heal amputees.
  13. cowgirlmom
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    cowgirlmom - October 12, 2012 3:50 pm
    That corner is so dangerous. Those trees that are on that corner need to be dug up and permantly removed. Just cutting them down doesnt help because they just grow back ( the city tried to cut them down 2 years ago). Thoughts and prayers to the family of the victims of the accident. And there are plenty of people needing jobs around the area that have valid CDL's that could of been hired, instead of someone who is not qualified.
  14. shnappleman
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    shnappleman - October 12, 2012 2:18 pm
    these are high school kids that were in the accident. the stop sign she did stop at was on blind corner on the left from some trees blocking the view of the beet truck so she pulled out so she could see, saw the beet truck and managed to pull out in front of the beet truck in shock of seeing the truck to try to get out of the way. i am from big horn county and i know T this is at and i am related to the juvenile male that was passenger.
  15. ArkyVaughan
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    ArkyVaughan - October 12, 2012 1:31 pm
    You seem to be implying the writer of this story fabricated their own little version of what happened. I don't understand the side you seem to be taking.
  16. Nightmare
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    Nightmare - October 12, 2012 1:11 pm
    Not everyone, just those that don't pay attition to larger traffic that can "ruin your day".. Without trucks how would your food, & other items you want get to the stores?
  17. beef4dinner
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    beef4dinner - October 12, 2012 12:52 pm
    Haha very funny... Maybe I actually am from Hardin and know... shocking... And really if I was the person driving the truck, would I be posting comments from jail? Unless you know more about jail that I do, I'm pretty sure that they aren't surfing the net all day! I am just merely stating that people need to be a little more prudent when trying to beat the truck, tractor, semi, etc. I grew up around sugar beets and have seen how many people have no respect for farm equipment, just like the same people who try to beat the train..... OH,and tell me dear expert, how do you make a left hand turn in front of a truck, get hit in the drivers side door and not have pulled out infront of the truck. Who knows, maybe she didn't see the truck, but a stop sign still has to yeild the right of way.
  18. ArkyVaughan
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    ArkyVaughan - October 12, 2012 12:01 pm
    How do you know she pulled out in front of the truck? Were you there? Maybe you were driving the beet truck.
  19. fredo
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    fredo - October 12, 2012 10:22 am
    Anyone know the victims name or family?
  20. Jus Wundrin
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    Jus Wundrin - October 12, 2012 10:00 am
    Someday you will understand.
  21. Drewout
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    Drewout - October 12, 2012 9:33 am
    I think enduring that impact, having multiple injuries including a shattered pelvis and having your bladder removed are life threatening!!
  22. beef4dinner
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    beef4dinner - October 12, 2012 9:26 am
    I realize this was a very bad accident and yes he was driving withoug the proper documents ut maybe people should also know this car pulled out and made a left hand turn infront of a loaded beet truck that was driving down a highway. Last time I checked traffic on an highway has the right of way and a car at a stop sign has to wait. I know that people will be upset with my comments, but people need to realize that a loaded farm truck, tractor, semi, etc cannot stop on a dime. And for those of you that are complaining about the farmers and their trucks, you seriously need to rethink your position. Remember, farmers are who feeds the world and what would all the Vegans, Vegetarians and Organic junkies do without them? You can't eat air.... This is truley a bad accident and I hope the young lady does well.
  23. curlin
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    curlin - October 12, 2012 9:16 am
    A farmer, not all farmers. Why do you hate the people who provide foood on your table. This is not the norm, it is the exception.
  24. curlin
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    curlin - October 12, 2012 9:14 am
    Don't paint all farmers with the same brush because of Trevino. Good farmers of which most are will not hire drivers who have no license to drive. A small accident will cost them thousands of dollars let alone what a tragedy like this one would cost.
  25. power2
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    power2 - October 12, 2012 8:34 am
    send the mexican back to mexico ........ glad the girl made it out alive ...
  26. Rvrldy
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    Rvrldy - October 12, 2012 7:57 am
    It is only a matter of time before someone is killed. These kids were so lucky. These trucks are a menace with the way they speed and overload their trucks. Eveyone living near these beet dumps has had close calls. I've never seen a law enforcemant officer anywhere on the hightway where they work. Why is that?
  27. rainbowed
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    rainbowed - October 12, 2012 7:54 am
    I wish the angels would stand up and take a bow.
  28. jv_in_MT
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    jv_in_MT - October 12, 2012 7:01 am
    Good example of farmers trying to save a buck by putting illegal unqualified people behind the wheel of a 50,000 to 60,000 pound truck that probably doesn't speak a lick of english and the best part is that this guy will more than likely get deported and not get punished for anything.
  29. crankshaft
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    crankshaft - October 12, 2012 6:57 am
    send travino to jail too,
  30. WileE2
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    WileE2 - October 12, 2012 6:54 am
    That should buff right out.

    But seriously... holy crap how did they survive?
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    - October 12, 2012 2:11 am
    sounds like Rudy Travino has a bit of a liability problem.
  32. cme
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    cme - October 12, 2012 12:34 am
    rudy travino had to know if his driver was qualified or not. he should be fined also for what happened. bet he is wishing he had made better choices in who he hired.
  33. Just thinking
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    Just thinking - October 11, 2012 10:17 pm
    Wow -- I've never seen a car ripped apart like that - I pray for her recovery -- angels had to be protecting those two to survive something like that.
  34. newmama
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    newmama - October 11, 2012 10:06 pm
    from the looks of the car, she is lucky to be alive! gees farmers I know it is cheap labor but make sure your beet workers are qualified to drive the truck please!

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