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A Billings man escaped serious injury Thursday night when the car he was driving crossed several lanes of traffic on Interstate 90 in Lockwood and crashed into a utility pole.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Hayter said Robert Roan, 38, was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound on I-90 when the car crossed the median and both lanes of eastbound traffic near the Lockwood interchange.

The Toyota then crashed through a fence on the south side of the road and into a utility pole, Hayter said. The impact snapped the pole, which remained upright because it was resting on the car, Hayter said.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known but Hayter said Roan was fatigued and may have fallen asleep.

Roan refused medical treatment at the scene. Hayter said he was cited for careless driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Claudia Rapkoch, a spokeswoman for NorthWestern Energy, said at 9:30 p.m. that no power outages in the area had been reported.

The Montana Highway Patrol, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and Lockwood Fire and Rescue responded.

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