Missoula Area News

Nov 8, 2013 4:41 PM by MTN News

Car crashes in Missoula after chase

MISSOULA - A one-car crash blocked the off-ramp from Interstate 90 to Orange Street in Missoula on Friday morning.

Details are limited at this time, but numerous police and medical units were sent to the scene at around 8 a.m.

Missoula police have confirmed that the vehicle that crashed was involved in a chase that began east of Missoula.

Reports indicate the driver was taken to a Missoula hospital and authorities spent a couple of hours performing a crash scene investigation.

The Montana Department of Transportation reported the off-ramp was reopened to traffic at about 9:45 a.m.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

(UPDATE) The Missoula County Sheriff's Office tells us that the incident began when the driver of the car - which was reportedly stolen in Wyoming - engaged the Montana Highway Patrol in a chase on Interstate 90.

Authorities say the high-speed chase began at around 8 a.m. on Friday and ended when the driver hit spike strips that had been laid down on the I-90 westbound Orange Street off-ramp in Missoula.

The driver lost control after hitting the strips and the car ended up rolling over, coming to a rest on its top. The person had to be removed from the vehicle, and was taken to a Missoula hospital.

The Sheriff's Office tells MTN News that the driver's injuries did not appear to be serious.

We'll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.


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