Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:23 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 1:44 PM
BUTTE- The driver of a semi-truck is in stable condition after his vehicle crashed and was smashed into several pieces off Interstate 90 near Butte.
The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. when the driver of the semi-truck was traveling east on I-90. He was on top of Homestake Pass between mile marker 236 and 237 when he veered off the interstate.
The Montana Highway Patrol says the semi-truck hit the guardrail and the driver tried to steer back onto the interstate but the trailer swung out over the edge, causing the semi-truck to roll once. It broke into several pieces over rocks and spilled grain.
The driver was wearing a seatbelt but was trapped inside the cab of the truck and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. He was transported to St. James Healthcare Center in Butte by Whitehall Ambulance.
MHP says alcohol was not a factor but that a distraction in the cab or drowsiness may be to blame for the crash.