UPDATED: Semi-truck rolls off I-90 into Cracker Barrel parking lot in Missoula

Zoe Buchli

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a semi-truck rollover near the Cracker Barrel parking lot off Interstate 90 in Missoula on Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say around 1:30 p.m. a semi-truck was traveling eastbound off I-90 near mile marker 101 when it flew off the freeway and struck multiple parked cars in the parking lot between The Cracker Barrel and My Place Hotel. 

The truck mowed through a chain-link fence on the side of the freeway and collided with two parked passenger vehicles. It also hit trailers storing construction supplies — dozens of rolls of insulation were strewn throughout the parking lot. 

No one is believed to have been in the passenger cars at the time of the crash.

John Wilke told the Missoulian he was sitting in his car in the Cracker Barrel parking lot when he saw the truck come careening off the interstate. Wilke was able to scramble up to the truck cab and pull the driver out. 

“I just tried to assess (him) and he was coherent,” Wilke said. “He had had a huge coughing fit and his eyes were watery and he lost control.” 

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