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Aug 28, 2012 1:16 PM by Q2 News

Man accused of driving wrong way on I-90, triggering crash pleads not guilty

BILLINGS - A man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 90, triggering a crash that sent four people to the hospital, pleaded not guilty to negligent vehicular assault and nine counts of criminal endangerment this morning.

David Lee Labuda, 56, appeared in district court this morning. His bond was continued at $100,000 and he was ordered not to drive by Judge Gregory Todd.

Labuda was driving a pickup truck the wrong way on the I-90 overpass in Laurel, westbound in the eastbound lanes when the driver of a minivan heading east slammed on its brakes to avoid the truck, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. As a result, a charter bus traveling behind the van slammed into the back of the van, injuring the driver and three passengers in the van. All four passengers were each transported to Billings' hospitals by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. No one on the bus was injured.

Laduda swerved to avoid the minivan and ended up rolling into a median on the north side of the road. Laduda fled the scene on foot and was arrested at his Laurel apartment the next day.

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