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4 injured, 1 in critical condition after Valley crash

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Four people were taken to St. Peter’s Hospital, one in critical condition, following a three-car crash caused by a drunken driver at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of North Montana Avenue and Sierra Road, authorities said.

The other three people involved in the wreck were in stable condition, said Jay Nelson, a sergeant with Montana Highway Patrol, who was at the scene.

It took emergency workers roughly 30 minutes to extract the driver of a brown Ford F-150 truck involved in the crash.

The crash was caused by Ashley Binion-Risner, the driver of a green Dodge Neon, said Joe Cohenour, the Montana Highway Patrol officer in charge of investigating the crash.

Initial investigations indicated that Binion-Risner’s blood-alcohol levels were about three times the legal limit, Cohenour said just before 8 p.m.

Binion-Risner was turning left into the Helena Campground and RV Park just before the intersection of North Montana Avenue and Sierra Road when she didn’t yield to a vehicle driving south on Montana Avenue, Cohenour said.

The wreck resulted in the second vehicle going into a “counterclockwise yaw” and colliding head-on with a third vehicle, Nelson said.

Cohenour did not yet know the names of the others involved in the crash.

The third vehicle involved with the crash was a late-model, gray, extended-cab Dodge truck.


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