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Pedestrian taken to Benefis after being hit by a vehicle

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 19:17:20-05

GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Police Department says that a pedestrian was taken to Benefis Health System on Wednesday evening after being hit by a car.

It happened at about 7 p.m. at or near Exit 0 on the southwest side of Great Falls. KRTV received several reports from people saying that several vehicles had come close to hitting the man.

According to the GFPD, there were two pedestrians walking eastbound and the male pedestrian was in the road when he was hit. He sustained a broken leg and abrasions and was taken to Benefis Health System.

Officers determined that the male pedestrian was intoxicated while walking in the road, and he was issued a citation for Intoxicated Pedestrian.

Montana Code 61-8-508 provides the following information about Intoxicated Pedestrian: "Except in an authorized crosswalk, a person who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug may walk or stand in the public right-of-way, as defined in 60-1-103, but not on a roadway or a shoulder as is otherwise permissible under 61-8-506."

The driver of the vehicle that hit him did not violate any traffic laws and was not cited.

Authorities have not released the name of anyone involved.

(JANUARY 29, 2020) Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Great Falls Fire Rescues said that firefighters were at the scene of a crash with injuries near Exit 0 on the southwest side of Great Falls.

They said there was "blocked traffic for several blocks... please avoid the area to allow crews to work safely."

A short time later, Tylin Bates messaged KRTV: "Ten police vehicles and blocking off everything."

At this point, there is no word on how many vehicles or people were involved, or how serious any injuries may be.

We will update you if we get more information.