9 hospitalized after multi-vehicle crash near St. Ignatius

Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 11:22:33-05

ST. IGNATIUS – A three-vehicle crash near St. Ignatius involving a school passenger van sent nine people to the hospital and temporarily shut down Highway 93 Wednesday evening.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Norh Pesola says a dump truck was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 32 when it entered the northbound lane and sideswiped a blue SUV.

Those vehicles then collided with a 15-passenger transport van used by Nkwusum, a Salish Language School out of Arlee.

(photo credit: Montana Highway Patrol Trooper N. Pesola)


Nine occupants in the van, including several children, were transported to hospitals in Ronan and Missoula with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the dump truck and the SUV were not transported to the hospital. Trooper Pesola says the weather is a suspected factor, as troopers continue to investigate.