HELENA, Mont. (AP) A bus carrying Montana State Prison employees to work struck a deer and overturned on Friday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 20 others, a state Corrections Department spokesman said.
The bus with about 26 people onboard came to rest around 5:30 a.m. in the median of Interstate 90 near Warm Springs, about 50 miles southwest of Helena.
Nurses driving to work at the prison stopped to help, Anaconda Police Detective Bill Sather said.
Several ambulances and two helicopters took at least 21 people to hospitals across western Montana with head wounds, broken bones and cuts, Sather and hospital officials said. At least two victims were in serious condition, said Michael Walsh, chief executive of Powell County Medical Hospital in Deer Lodge.
The name of the person who was killed was being withheld while family members were notified, Corrections spokesman Bob Anez said.
The bus driver had a broken leg, said Tom McGree, co-owner of Tucker Transportation, which carries the workers for the state.
Staff at the prison stayed beyond their regular shifts to ensure all posts were covered, and the facility was operating normally and securely, Warden Mike Mahoney said. The prison has about 1,380 inmates and 630 employees.