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Broadus family loses two children in car crash

2 teens died crash
Caty and Cale Emmons
Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 10:46:46-04

BILLINGS — Monday was the first day back at school for Broadus students since classmates Cale and Caty Emmons died last week in a car crash on Highway 212 west of town.

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, 15-year-old Cale was driving Caty, 13 years old, and their other two sisters to school. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, Cale moved over to the westbound lane to pass a flatbed truck and collided with an oncoming semi. Cale died at the scene. Caty was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City but died on Friday.

The other two sisters, Caty’s twin Kensi and 11-year-old Karlee, survived the crash, and mom Kimberly told MTN News their memory of the event is different from the highway patrol's narrative, though she did not elaborate exactly how.

This isn’t the first tragedy Kimber and Brett Emmons have gone through. They lost 8-year-old daughter Kenna to an extremely rare illness on March 13, 2011 - almost 11 years ago to the day of last week's crash. Doctors told the Emmonses not to have any more biological children, so in 2015, they adopted Caty, Kensi, and Karlee.

Now just Kensi, Karlee, and the Emmons’ oldest son Malachi are left to carry on.

“No mom, no dad, no family should ever have to bury three children," Kimberly said in a statement. "It’s beyond comprehension. We are broken. We are empty. We are lost.”

Emmons children
Kenna Emmons (left) died of a rare disease in 2011 at just eight years old. Almost 11 years to the day later, Cale (top right) and Caty Emmons were killed in a tragic car accident on Highway 212 west of Broadus.

But they are not alone, as evidenced by the hundreds of messages they’ve received. Funeral services for Caty and Cale are set for April 1 at 11 a.m. in the Broadus High School gym.

We will update you if we get more details, including any fundraisers or benefits being organizedto help the family.