Head-on collision, vehicle fire temporarily close Hwy 200


MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana Highway Patrol troopers tell us icy roads played a major role in a head-on collision that closed Highway 200 near Greenough Monday evening.

A black Ford Mustang traveling westbound fishtailed and collided with a white Chevrolet Cobalt traveling eastbound around 5:45 p.m. The Cobalt caught fire after the collision, and crews closed the highway while the fire was extinguished and the wreckage was cleared.

The driver of the Mustang and the driver and passenger in the Cobalt were all transported to the hospital. The occupants of the Cobalt are being treated for internal injuries, and the driver of the Mustang is said to have a leg injury.

The highway was closed completely for about an hour and a half, and traffic was reduced to one lane for about an hour.

No citations were issued, and the crash is still under investigation. Troopers say speed and poor tire conditions were also factors in the crash.

We're told snowy conditions and the fire made the investigation after the crash extremely difficult, resulting in a lack of physical evidence.

Troopers urge drivers to take their time on snowy and icy roads, and make sure they have good tires.

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