Two men were hospitalized after a head-on collision between two pickup trucks south of Billings Sunday afternoon.
The driver of a Ford F-150 had to be extricated by emergency crews from Blue Creek Volunteer Fire Department at the scene of the crash, near mile marker 9 on Blue Creek Road.
Crews could be seen securing the man on a stretcher and taking him to a medical helicopter staged nearby on the highway. He was airlifted him to St. Vincent Healthcare, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Lundblad.
The other driver, whom Lundblad described as a middle-aged man from Yellowstone County, was also taken to St. Vincent, but declined ambulance service. He was limping as two other people helped him to a nearby vehicle, but was awake and speaking with troopers at the scene of the crash.
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The Yellowstone County man said he had been driving his Ford F-350 northbound, according to Lundblad, when he noticed the southbound truck swerving toward him on the two-lane road. He attempted to move out of the smaller truck's path but was unable to escape the collision, according to Lundblad.
Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the crash, Lundblad said.
The man who was extricated from the smaller pickup was awake and breathing as he was being taken to the air ambulance, Blue Creek Fire Chief Rick Cortez said.
He added that the man appeared to have two broken legs, but declined to provide additional information about his condition.