A massive 30-vehicle crash on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Billings, Montana, seriously injured two people Saturday, according to authorities.
The individuals jumped off the bridge during the accident to avoid being hit by a car, the The Montana Highway Patrol tweeted. Both were hospitalized but are expected to recover. Minor injuries were also reported, but no deaths.
“I would say this is the biggest winter accident I have seen in my nearly 20 years in the fire department,” Billings Fire Chief Jason Lyon told the Billings Gazette.
Montana Justice Department communications director Kyler Nerison told NBC News that the cause of the multi-vehicle accident was “zero visibility / no-light conditions caused by a sudden snowstorm.”
The incident occurred on westbound I-90 and the lane was closed until about 4:30 p.m. while cops investigated, Nerison said.
One driver, Bella Contreraz, told the Billings Gazette that she braked sharply when she saw vehicles stopped in front of her. Another truck that was approaching shortly after struck her car, immobilizing her on the side of the bridge. A nearby driver helped her escape by opening the door, she said.
“It was like bumper cars,” Contreraz said.
The National Weather Service in Billings issued a statement Saturday about heavy snow showers in the area, warning drivers that I-90 would be impacted and there would likely be slippery road conditions and reductions in visibility.