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Slick roads
A Nissan Pathfinder rests on its side after sliding off Interstate 90 near the 56th Street West overpass as traffic backs up in the eastbound lanes due to numerous other accidents in the area Saturday.

Slick roads are causing accidents throughout the Billings area today, including a wreck east of Laurel that had westbound traffic backed up on Interstate 90 from the truck scales to the Zoo Drive exit.

The multivehicle wreck occurred after 3 p.m. near the scales. There have been no reports of injuries, but the left-hand westbound lane is closed to traffic, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Vehicles are being funneled through the right lane.

Icy roads also caused a series of accidents on I-90 east of Laurel just after 11 a.m.

All of the accidents occurred eastbound on I-90, said Trooper Jason Hoppert of the Montana Highway Patrol. Hoppert responded to the first wreck at 11:11 a.m.

It involved a black one-ton Ford crew cab pickup that lost control, went through the median, across both westbound lanes and through the guardrail, Hoppert said. The pickup rolled one time and ended up on its wheels in the irrigation ditch.

The driver, a 48-year-old Park City woman, was transported to St. Vincent Healthcare with minor injuries, Hop-pert said.

As Hoppert was driving to the scene of that accident, he observed a second three-car wreck happen in front of him. A Chevy Tahoe lost control and ended up broadside on the highway, on top of the 56th Street overpass, he said.

A GMC Yukon and a Subaru station wagon both hit the Tahoe, Hoppert said, but there were no injuries.

Just after that accident, as eastbound traffic slowed on I-90, a 65-year-old Billings man driving a dark-green 1994 Nissan Pathfinder lost control of his vehicle, said Trooper Darvin Mees, who responded to that call. The SUV went down the right shoulder of the highway into the ditch, through a fence and then landed on the driver's side, on the shoulder of the frontage road.

The driver sustained scratches, Mees said. His 61-year-old wife was transported with minor injuries by ambulance to a Billings hospital.

While Mees was on the scene of that accident, a second crash occurred nearby where one vehicle rear-ended an-other one, Hoppert said. After that, Hoppert also had to cover a wreck in which one vehicle rear-end another one.

Hoppert had driven that section of I-90 just minutes before all of the accidents took place.

"In that five minutes of time, the road turned into a sheet of ice, and then everybody started crashing," Hoppert said.

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