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String of deadly crashes on Montana roads

11 people have died within the last several days
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Posted at 9:07 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:02:03-04

GREAT FALLS — There has been a series of deadly crashes across Montana in recent days, claiming 11 lives.

The Big Horn County Coroner's Office has identified the two Billings teens that died Sunday in a crash on Old Highway 87 as Elena Nelson and James Coburn. Coburn and Nelson, both 17, were in a 2007 Ford Edge when it drifted off the road, went over an embankment and ejected both, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said they believe excess speed contributed to the crash.

A Hardin man died Monday night in a rollover crash south of Busby, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. Fletcher Metcalf, 25, was headed northeast on Highway 314 when his White Dodge truck went off the road, and he over corrected, troopers said Tuesday. The truck then rolled twice, troopers said Tuesday. It's unclear whether he was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle had one passenger, a 23-year-old woman, who was wearing a seat belt and was taken to a Billings hospital. Troopers said they believe speed and alcohol were factors.

Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan identified the woman killed in a Monday crash as Lavina Morgan of Fromberg, 82 years old. Morgan was driving a vehicle that rolled over on Highway 310 near Bridger, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. Her passenger, a 60-year-old man, was injured in the crash. Neither were wearing seat belts, according to troopers. The MHP did not indicate that speed or impaired driving were factors.

The five people who died in a two-vehicle crash on Friday night near Box Elder have been identified as Sage Ferguson, Sr., 26 years old; Rokki Ferguson, 30; Sage Ferguson, Jr., 5; Lovelee Bearcub, 8; and Ryan Four Souls, 30. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, all were from Box Elder. The obituary for Rokki states that the crash killed her, her husband, her two children, and her brother. Jordan Arca has created a GoFundMe to help 10-year old Wynter Ferguson, who lost his mother, father, siblings, and uncle. Click here if you would like to make a donation to help.

Two people died in a rollover crash just north of Great Falls early Saturday. They have been identified as Bruck Erovick, 50 years old, and Andee Nicol TheBoy, 27 years old. At about 3:25 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Bootlegger Trail and Bootlegger Lateral for a report of a rollover crash with a possible deceased person. When officers arrived, they found that both occupants of the vehicle had died. The Montana Highway Patrol investigated the crash, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. Neither of the victims was wearing a seatbelt, according to the MHP.