Authorities said 30 large cars on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Billings, Montana, piled up on Saturday and severely injured two people.
The Montana Highway Patrol tweeted that during the accident, these people jumped off the bridge to avoid being hit by a car. Both have been hospitalized but are expected to recover. Minor injuries were also reported, but there were no deaths.
Billings Fire Department Chief Jason Lyon told the Billings Bulletin: “What I want to say is that this is the biggest accumulation and winter accident in my nearly 20 years of working in the fire department.”
Kyler Nerison, director of communications at the Montana Department of Justice, told NBC News that the cause of multiple crashes was “a sudden snowstorm that caused white power/zero visibility conditions.” .
Nellison said that the accident occurred on the westbound I-90 Interstate, and the lanes were closed until about 4:30 pm.
A driver, Bella Contreraz, told the Billings Bulletin that when she saw the vehicle in front stop, she slammed on the brakes. Soon after, another approaching semi-truck hit her car and fixed her to the side of the bridge. She said that a nearby driver pried open her door to help her escape.
“It’s like a bumper car,” Contreraz said.
The Billings National Weather Service issued a statement about heavy snow in the area on Saturday, warning drivers that I-90 will be affected and that smooth road conditions and reduced visibility are likely to occur.