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Aug 20, 2012 6:29 AM by Q2 News

Wrongway driver injures 4 on I-90 overpass near Laurel; flees from the scene

LAUREL- Two different accidents caused by a wrong way driver on the Interstate 90 overpass in Laurel have resulted in four people being taken to the hospital.

Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Craig Baum said that the accidents took place shortly before 9p.m. Sunday around mile marker 434 on Interstate 90, which is at the overpass in Laurel.

Baum says a man driving a pickup truck was driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-90 when the driver of a mini-van heading east slammed on its brakes to avoid the truck.

A charter bus slammed into the back of the van, injuring the driver and three passengers in the van.

Those passengers were each transported to hospitals in Billings by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

No one on the bus was injured.

The driver of the pickup swerved to avoid the mini-van and ended up rolling into a median on the north side of the road.

The driver of the pickup fled from the accidents.

The Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene along with AMR, a Laurel ambulance and the Laurel Fire Department.

Baum says local authorities are actively searching for the driver.

Traffic on Interstate 90 eastbound was reduced to one lane while crews worked on scene.

Baum says the crash remains under investigation.

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