Traffic along westbound Interstate 90 near Park City is still slowed as crews work to clear Sunday morning’s five semi truck, two pickup wreck.
The pile-up crash happened on Sunday, February 7th, at around 9:30 a.m. just six miles west of Park City, Montana.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the impetus for the pile up was a jackknifed pickup hauling a camper, which was struck by a second pickup hauling a camper. Neither pickup driver was injured in that crash but shortly afterward, five oncoming semi trucks became involved in a pile-up crash as they attempted to slow down for the pickup wreck along an icy bridge. All five rigs were seriously damaged in the incident and two caught fire in the chaos.
The crash on I-90 near Park City involves 5 semis and 2 pickups. The road will be closed well into the evening. Please continue to use Park City exit to Old Hwy. 10 to Columbus for detour. #mtnews #mtwx pic.twitter.com/bTvsFxNXHk— Montana Highway Patrol (@MTHwyPatrol) February 7, 2021
A responding officer described one of the semi trucks as “sandwiched in the middle of everything.” The driver of that rig had to be extricated from the cab and was transported to a nearby hospital with “serious injuries.” As of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, the unnamed driver was determined to be in “stable condition.”
A short while later, two semi trucks crashed ahead of the pile-up, sending one into the media. Luckily, no one was injured in that collision, reported the Billings Gazette.
As of 11 a.m. on Monday, multiple traffic maps were still reporting backups in the area. Drivers are advised to avoid I-90 near Park City, between mile markers 420 and 423. Officers advise westbound travelers to take the Park City exit and take Old Highway 10 to Columbus.
“Roads are very, very slick. Only travel for necessary travel. Slow down for changing road conditions, shut off your cruise control,” advised MHP Trooper Jake Parker.