5 Injured in Reserve Street Accident

A catastrophic accident on Reserve Street sent 5 people to the hospital early Thursday afternoon. Missoula Police said the car accident was caused after a Ford truck veered suddenly into oncoming traffic and hit a Subaru head-on.

The head-on collision took place on Reserve Street in Missoula in the southbound lanes near the intersection with Benton Avenue. The time of the accident was shortly before 2 p.m. Two people were in the Ford truck at the time of the crash and there were three people in the Subaru. The three Subaru passengers were rushed to St. Patrick hospital to treat their injuries and the truck passengers were transported to Community.

“Three people in the passenger car that were involved, all three were transported to the hospital, two with significant injuries that we would classify as possibly life-threatening,” said Sergeant Travis Welsh of the Missoula Police Department. “Early statements indicate that it was traveling northbound in the southbound lane, which caused the head-on with the southbound passenger car.”

Traffic was snarled for hours after the crash and had to be redirected until after 5 p.m. as investigators examined the accident scene.

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