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Car hits guard rail, falls nose-down onto Excelsior; driver sustains minor injuries

Car hits guard rail, falls nose-down onto Excelsior; driver sustains minor injuries

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A Butte man in his 20s was cited for driving under the influence after he struck a guardrail on Iron Street in Butte, causing his vehicle to be airborne, fall from a bridge, and land on South Excelsior Avenue early Saturday.

The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the man, who was not identified, was westbound in a passenger car on Iron Street shortly before 3 a.m., drifted right, hit a guardrail and over-corrected. The car turned left and slid sideways across the westbound lanes and hit the center divider.

The car then slid toward the eastbound lanes, struck a guardrail, and went airborne. It hit a bridge rail and fell onto South Excelsior Avenue, landing front-end first with its wheels in the air. The car came to a rest on all four wheels.

The man, who suffered minor injuries including facial scratches, was transported by police to St. James Hospital.

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