Ravalli County Coverage

Feb 7, 2013 9:54 PM by Melissa Rafferty - KPAX News

3 hurt in crash near Victor

VICTOR - Authorities say that seatbelts saved the lives of those involved in a three-vehicle accident near Victor Thursday afternoon.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports a pickup truck was traveling south on U.S. Highway 93 South, when the driver slowed to a stop in the left hand lane, turning left into Axman Propane when the accident happened.

A utility vehicle then struck the truck from behind at highway speed, pushing the pickup into the other lane. The driver of a SUV heading north on U.S. Highway 93 South then hit the pickup truck, causing the SUV to roll over several times.

Two people in the SUV and one person in the utility truck were taken to area hospitals with troopers saying that the injuries are serious, but the victims are expected to be okay.

The three vehicles involved in the wreck were totaled and all four lanes of U.S. Highway 93 South near Victor were shutdown for nearly two hours.

Authorities say the outcome of the crash could have been much worse if the occupants were not wearing their seatbelts.

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