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The driver of a semi tractor trailer received minor injuries when his rig crashed and rolled early this morning on the bridge over the Yellowstone River near Livingston, closing traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Fowler said traffic is being re-routed through Livingston from the south interchange to the east interchange while cleanup from the accident continues. The detour will last until at least 10:30 a.m., possibly longer, he said. Large wreckers are coming from Billings to move the truck, he said.

The accident happened at about 3:25 a.m. The driver, John Hawkins, of Washington, was westbound when he lost control on slushy and icy roads. The rig began fishtailing then jackknifed, Fowler said. The tractor hit the guardrail and took out eight to 10 posts before hitting the bridge rail. The tractor then flipped on its side. The trailer, loaded with military cots, continued another 100 yards and came to rest blocking both lanes. Some fuel leaked from the tractor but nothing entered the river, the trooper said.

The driver was slightly injured and was treated and released from the hospital in Livingston, Fowler said. Alcohol was not a factor and the accident is under investigation.

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