A three-car collision snarled traffic on Highway 200 east of Bonner Wednesday afternoon.
The crash took place around 3 p.m. According to Blaine Cowan, battalion chief with the Missoula Rural Fire District, firefighters were dispatched to a head-on collision about mile marker 2 east of Bonner. A Nissan Rogue SUV appeared to have hit a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, and the pickup’s male driver was trapped inside.
Cowan said first responders had to remove the side of the truck to free the victim. He was transported to the hospital, as was another woman who appeared to have sustained minor injuries.
Another Silverado also sustained damage in the crash, although it was not immediately clear how.
In all, Cowan said that nine people were traveling in the three vehicles. All others refused medical treatment.
Several state, county and local agencies responded to the crash. It shut down the two-lane roadway for about half an hour, backing up traffic in both directions. By 3:30, tow trucks were arriving to clear the wrecked vehicles, and police had reopened one lane and begun directing traffic in alternating directions around the crash site.
The Montana Transportation Department said in a 3:42 p.m. press release that both lanes were open, although traffic was still moving slowly.