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ST. IGNATIUS — The lights of emergency vehicles could be seen flashing on the Mission Creek bridge in central St. Ignatius on Thursday, May 13, at about 10 p.m. after a wreck occurred with one vehicle totaled and the other missing. 

One bystander considered the water below the bridge and said “lucky they weren’t in the water. They would have drowned.” Another bystander said the driver who fled the scene was driving recklessly and the crashed car swerved into the guardrail to avoid it. 

A crew from the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department worked for several hours to remove the vehicle from the guardrail on the bridge after the two occupants were rescued. Before the two were rescued, the roof had to be cut off the vehicle to get them out. 

The names of those involved were not released. One of the occupants was taken to the Ronan hospital with a possible broken arm, and the other was taken by helicopter to a Missoula hospital. 

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