May 10, 2011 11:39 PM by Drew Trafton ~ KTVQ News
BILLINGS- More than 30 Special Olympics athletes from Billings and their parents and supporters are now in Bozeman thanks to a replacement bus after the bus they were originally traveling in skidded off the road on Interstate 90 this afternoon.
The Rimrock Stages bus skidded off the interstate at mile marker 367, just west of Big Timber, and caused three people to be taken to the Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber by ambulance.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Saluges says two of the people transported have been released from the center and the third is receiving x-rays.
The passengers who were not injured in the skid were taken to the Big Timber Civic Center by private vehicles.
The passengers then were picked up by another Rimrock Stages bus which had taken school- aged athletes, parents and volunteers to Bozeman for the 2011 Montana Special Olympics Summer Games.
Rimrock Stages has not commented on what caused the bus to skid off the road.
However, a facebook fan of Q2 who was on the bus left this comment on our page:
"Well I can tell you happened because I was on the bus...put it this way...he was well rested! He was our driver last year and would slam on the brakes randomly. Today he was extremely close to hitting a few cars, he has just been flipped off by a truck driver and as the driver said, "we went right, then left, and were in the ditch, I'm sorry ladies!" He's got to feel very lucky he didn't roll and kill us all."
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