No one was seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash on the West End that stymied traffic for about an hour on Friday evening.
The wreck happened at the intersection of 24th Street West and Broadwater Avenue, just before 10 p.m. and police are investigating the driver of a pickup truck on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a social media post by the Billings Police Department.
Three cars were waiting at the Broadwater Avenue light when a pickup truck, driven by a 44-year-old Billings man drove up behind them, rear ending and sideswiping the three cars, BPD Sgt. Tony Jensen said.
No one was seriously injured or taken to a hospital, Jensen said. One youth was checked on scene for a minor injury, he said.
Brenton Dorsey's car, a yellow 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air, was sandwiched between two others in the wreck. He, and three other passengers, weren't injured. His car, which he's owned and fixed up for the past 8 years, wasn't as lucky and suffered significant front-end damage.
Dorsey said he was trying to turn onto 24th Street West when the pickup, which he had seen swerving, hit the three other cars. The driver of the truck then tried to drive away, but a passenger in Dorsey's car jumped in and took the keys from the man, he said.
His car and one other involved in the crash were moved into a nearby parking lot while first responders arrived on scene. The Billings Fire Department diverted traffic while police investigated. Traffic on Broadwater was closed off for almost an hour and traffic on 24th Street West was down to one lane.
The scene was cleared just after 11 p.m. The Billings Police Department and the American Medical Response were also on scene.
On Sixth Avenue North police and firefighters responded to a rollover wreck that happened about ten minutes before the West End crash. A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Sixth Avenue North and North 31st Street resulted in a taxi rolling over and coming to a rest on its side. It's unknown whether anyone was seriously injured in the crash.