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A bus that was carrying employees for the Montana State Prison to work hit a deer and flipped over on Friday, November 16, killing 1 person and injuring 21. The accident, which occurred at 5:30 a.m., was transporting 26 people and flipped into the median of Interstate 90, 50 miles southwest of Helena.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Rodger Kenney said a front tire of the bus hit the deer and it appeared the driver struggled to control the bus for a time before it overturned. He doesn’t expect any charges to be filed.

Ambulances and two helicopters arrived on the scene to take the 21 injured to local hospitals. Many of the passengers had head wounds, broken bones, and minor cuts; two of the victims were said to be in critical condition.

By the afternoon several of the employees were released from the hospital, but 16 remained for further care. The passenger that died in the accident was named Sonja Ryan. The bus driver, Tom McGee, escaped with only a broken leg.

The prison staff not involved in the bus accident stayed beyond their regular shifts to keep all posts covered. The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Airline, Cruises, Buses, and Other Mass Transit Accidents.

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