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2 hurt in collision with Missoula County Sheriff's Office cruiser

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The accident happened at mile marker 136 on I-90 westbound. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo) The accident happened at mile marker 136 on I-90 westbound. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo)

MISSOULA - Two people were taken to the hospital, including a Missoula County Sheriffs Office Sergeant after a crash Wednesday.

The Sheriffs Office reports that Sergeant Gordon Schmill was involved in the motor vehicle accident at mile marker 136 on 1-90 westbound.

Sgt. Schmill was stationary on the shoulder of the Interstate with his emergency lights activated, preparing to assist in an unrelated accident when he was rear-ended by a car.

“He was just getting ready to get out of his vehicle to put the flares out, when he looked up and he could see that a vehicle was spinning out of control basically coming directly at him, and microseconds to kind of brace himself but he was struck you know pretty firmly in the rear of his vehicle," Missoula County Undersheriff Rich Maricelli said.

Sgt. Schmill and the motorist were hospitalized with non-threatening injuries and Sgt Schmill is expected to make a full recovery.

The crash is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Authorities want to remind you that if you have to drive in these conditions please slow down. Also, if you see emergency lights illuminated slow down and proceed with caution.

“Just be aware that you need to move over as far to the left as you can. Safely do so. And approach with caution good and just be aware and something is going on to try and be very vigilant especially this time of year," Maricelli said.

Also, another example was seen on Thursday when a motorist crashed into a Missoula County snowplow on I-90.

The Frenchtown Rural District was reporting that roads remain slick in the area, so remember when approaching an emergency scene to slow down and move over to allow crews to work.


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MISSOULA - Two people were taken to the hospital -- including a Missoula County Sheriff's Office sergeant -- after a Wednesday crash.

The Sheriff's Office reports that Sgt. Schmill was involved in the motor vehicle accident at mile marker 136 on I-90 westbound.

Sgt. Schmill was stationary on the shoulder of the interstate with his emergency lights activated, preparing to assist in an unrelated accident when he was rear-ended by a car.

Both Sgt. Schmill and the driver -- who was the sole occupant of the other car -- were taken to St. Patrick Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Road conditions and visibility were extremely poor, according to a Facebook post by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

The crash is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Authorities want to remind you that if you have to drive in these conditions please slow down. Also, if you see emergency lights illuminated slow down and proceed with caution.

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