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I-90 crash

An eastbound lane of Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass was closed for a time Tuesday afternoon after what a witness said what appeared to be a glider crashed on the road.

The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m., according to the Montana Highway Patrol. Kristin Banchero, a spokeswoman for the agency, said early reports were that the pilot was able to get out of the craft, and that a fire at the scene was put out.

The plane originally blocked both eastbound lanes, Banchero said.

Sgt. Shawn Smalley with the Montana Highway Patrol said shortly after 6 p.m. that I-90 was fully open again. The plane was moved to Haugan, and Smalley said a federal investigator is handling the review of the crash.

Because he was not the lead investigator, Smalley declined to provide many details of the incident but confirmed that the only occupant of the craft was the male pilot. The pilot got himself out of the plane, and was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital, he said.

Wyn Edholm, who works at Lookout Pass, said she passed the crash around 3 p.m.

"I think it was a glider but it might have been a small plane. The cockpit was intact and there was a lot of law enforcement around it," she said.

Monte Turner, a spokesman for the Mineral Community Hospital, confirmed that an ambulance transported one person from the scene. Banchero said the early report did not include mention of anyone in the aircraft except the pilot.

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