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Nine people sent to hospital after Back Road crash

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RONAN – A three-car crash involving nine people occurred on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Back Road and Robertson Road.

Polson Highway Patrol Sgt. Chan Barry described the scene before the crash. He said a Chevy Silverado was headed north on Back Road and stopped to turn left at Robertson Road. The truck was driven by a 56-year-old male with a 74-year-old passenger, both wearing seat belts. They would receive minor injuries.

A Honda Ridgeline with a 20-year-old female driver, not wearing a seat belt, was traveling south on Back Road, approaching Robertson Road. A 22-year-old male, incorrectly wearing a seat belt, was in the passenger seat. A one-year-old infant was in a car seat. “The Chevy was waiting for the Honda,” Sgt. Barry said.

A Chevy Astro minivan driven by a 27-year-old female with three children, a three-year-old, a four-year-old, and an infant, was traveling north on Back Road when the vehicle hit the back of the Silverado. The driver of the Astro was ejected from the vehicle on impact as well as the two children. The infant was secure in a car seat in the car. The driver and the four-year-old were seriously injured. Sgt. Barry said as of Monday, June 12, the two seriously injured victims were stable.

The Astro veered to the left after the impact and struck the Honda Ridgeline head-on. The female driver of the Honda suffered serious injury.

Sgt. Barry said Flathead Tribal Police in Pablo responded to the scene along with the Lake County Sheriff ’s Office, and Ronan Volunteer Fire Department. “It was a cooperative effort,” he said.

He asks that everyone “please wear your seat belt.”

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