A Rimrock Stages bus collided with a pickup truck about five miles south of Arlee on Highway 93 Tuesday morning.
There were 10 passengers on the bus, plus the driver. The driver of the pickup was in front of the bus when witnesses said the pickup slowed down.
"Apparently his lights weren't working according to everyone on the bus," said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Philip Smart. "No lights were working in back."
"I heard the co-driver holler at the bus driver to say look out he's turning," said passenger Phil Pertino.
"I just heard everyone yelling, and when we hit, everyone started flying forward," said fellow passenger Corey Emmett Anderson," and I just stayed in my seat."
Passenger Chris Clark remembers, "we knocked out a windshield and took out a door and we helped the guy that was pinned in there (the pickup). Passengers delivered aid to the 20-year-old Missoula man until emergency crews arrived.
The driver of the pickup was extricated from the vehicle. He had a broken leg. The bus driver and six passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Rimrock Stages provided a van for the waylaid travelers. Passengers hailed from as far away as Oklahoma.
The highway patrol says at this point no citations have been issued.
A Rimrock Stages Inc. bus was involved in a crash on icy Interstate 90 in western Montana in January. Two people were killed and 34 were injured in the crash near Clinton, west of Missoula.