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Failure to yield for emergency crews causes 20-vehicle pileup on I-90
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Failure to yield for emergency crews causes 20-vehicle pileup on I-90

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Authorities halted eastbound traffic on I-90 outside of Park City on Saturday following a pileup of nearly 20 vehicles.  

The incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon, according to the Montana Highway Patrol, about one mile west of Park City. The massive amount of collisions drew emergency responders from multiple agencies, but resulted in no major injuries.

MHP Trooper Jake Parker said officers were initially investigating a jackknifed semi-truck in the median of I-90 early Saturday afternoon. Another semi-truck traveling east failed to slow down and yield to signs posted on the road. After nearly crashing into a Stillwater County deputy on the scene, the semi-truck also jackknifed, causing the pileup of vehicles behind it on the icy interstate.

“There were some injuries, but thankfully, they were just minor,” Parker said.

Officers diverted traffic at the 427 Park City exit, according to a social media post from the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office, with drivers taking Montana Highway 10 to Laurel because of the wreck. 

Along with MHP, the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office, and personnel with the Montana Department of Transportation, fire and ambulance crews for Park City, Laurel and Columbus also responded to the crash. Parker said wreckers with Hanser’s Automotive and AllStar Towing were also on hand to clear the interstate. 

During an October snow storm, a vehicle struck and killed two tow truck drivers with Hanser’s on I-90 between Park City and Columbus while passing a semi-truck. A bill is currently making its way through the Montana Legislature to bolster the state’s “move over” law and provide more protection to emergency responders on the Montana’s roads.

The Gazette previously reported that friends and family of Casie Allen and Nick Visser, the two men killed in October, have come out in support of the bill. Following Saturday’s pileup, Trooper Parker stressed for all drivers to “slow down and move over for” emergency services on the interstate and highways.

All eastbound lanes on I-90 should reopen by 6:30 p.m., according to Parker.

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