2 children dead in crash near Busby, others injured

Posted at 7:44 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 09:44:14-04

The two people killed in a crash Monday evening were two girls; they were 12 and 6 years old. 

Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis said the girls were from the Busby and Lame Deer area. 

They died after the vehicle they were in, a 2006 GMC Yukon, driven by a 15-year-old male, drifted out of the eastbound lane on U.S. Highway 212. A report by the Montana Highway Patrol states the vehicle rolled when it hit a culvert, ejecting three of the six passengers. The report also says that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. 

The other passengers were a 13-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old girl.  

The MHP report says no one was wearing a seatbelt and everyone was taken to the emergency department in Lame Deer. Their current conditions are unknown. 

A 2001 Dodge Stratus driving through the scene struck one of the ejected passengers. 

The driver and two passengers of the Stratus, all females in their early 20’s, were also taken to the Lame Deer emergency department. Their conditions are also unknown. 

Terry Bullis said the names of the girls killed in the crash will likely be available Tuesday afternoon. 

(1st Report, 9 a.m. Tuesday) A crash in Big Horn County claimed two lives Monday night. 

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Moran said an SUV carrying six people drifted off the road on U.S. Highway 212 between Busby and Lame Deer at around 11 p.m. Monday. 

The driver lost control, struck a culvert, and the SUV rolled.

Three people were thrown from the SUV, and two of them died from their injuries. 

Shortly after the crash occurred, a second vehicle driving through the crash site ran over one of the ejected passengers.

The Montana Highway Patrol and Bureau of Indian Affairs are working together to determine which incident lead to the fatality.

The other passengers involved in the crash were taken to a hospital for medical attention. 

The extent of their injuries has not been released.

Moran believes lack of seat belt use was a factor, but there were no signs of speeding or alcohol use.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.