A Rimrock Stages bus carrying 35 passengers tipped on its side and plunged more than 150 feet outside Missoula on Sunday morning, killing two people and injuring 33 others.
At 7:15 a.m., the bus was driving west on I-90 when the driver lost control just west of the Clinton exit, and the bus crashed on I-90 outside of Missoula.
Sgt. Scott Hoffman of the Montana Highway Patrol claimed it was the worst mass injury accident he’d ever seen. The bus’s passengers were all wounded or murdered.
“I haven’t seen anything like this in 16 years,” Hoffman remarked. “There are so many people on the ground with injuries, writhing in anguish.” It was a horrifying spectacle.”
Many passengers were ejected after the bus flipped on the driver’s side and rolled for more than 150 feet in the median.
“Because of the speed involved, it had a bouncing motion as it went on its side,” HOFFMAN SAID. “And as it happened, individuals were thrown out of those windows.”
Local officials are looking into whether or not the motorist was going at a fair and cautious pace considering the road’s condition at the time.
“The law says you have to drive to the circumstances, and that’s where our inquiry on this is headed,” HOFFMAN said. “There are no additional signs that another car was involved.” We believe he was driving too fast for the circumstances. One passenger reported that the bus driver was traveling too fast just before the collision.
“We’re quite convinced what occurred was that the circumstances quickly shifted from wet to ice.”
“(3) Subject to the maximum speed limits set out in subsection (1), a person shall operate a vehicle carefully and prudently and at a reduced rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of traffic, visibility, weather, and roadway conditions,” Montana law states.
In addition, in Montana, every driver is required to operate a motor vehicle, including a bus, “carefully and prudently that does not unduly or unreasonably endanger the life, limb, property, or other rights of a person. Entitled to the use of the highway.”
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