Wednesday night’s snow led to several crashes on Homestake Pass and a long line of traffic near Rocker, according to Montana Highway Patrol.
Crashes near mile marker 232 on Interstate 90 at the pass made the roadway impassable for a few hours, said Butte Highway Patrol Office Captain Josh Brown.
“There was a chain reaction of crashes, and at least one semi-truck spun out because it didn’t have chains,” Brown said. “It was a bad combination.”
From about 4 to 8 p.m., Brown said many vehicles were losing control and sliding into the concrete barrier near mile marker 232, leading to single- and multiple-vehicle accidents.
Some people were transported to the hospital, Brown said, but most of the injuries were minor.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Michael O’Connor responded to one of the accidents around 4:30 p.m. after a mini-van headed westbound near mile marker 216 lost traction, rolled, and rested on the driver’s side in the eastbound lane of traffic.
O’Connor said two of the four passengers were unable to get out of the vehicle and one was transported to St. James Healthcare with a shoulder injury.
Around that same time, a long line of traffic began to build up between Butte and Rocker, Brown confirmed. He believes the construction zone had a lot to do with the buildup, but there was also a semi-truck that spun out in the area.
Brown also said there were a few more accidents over Homestake Pass on Thursday, but none resulted in serious injuries.