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The two girls who died in a crash Monday night near Busby have been identified. 

Mona Eagle Star, an 8-year-old Lame Deer resident, and Lola Pickett, a 12-year-old Lame Deer resident, died in the crash, Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis said.

Seven people were hospitalized after the crash. Both girls died at the scene of the crash, Bullis said. 

A 15-year-old boy was driving a GMC Yukon eastbound on Highway 212 about four miles east of Busby before he lost control of the vehicle and hit a culvert, causing the car to roll, according to a report from the Montana Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened before 11 p.m.

Six people had been in the vehicle, including a 5-year-old boy and girls ages 13 and 15. Three of the vehicle's six occupants were ejected from the car, and a westbound vehicle hit one of them, according to the report.

The occupants and driver of the Yukon were hospitalized, and three women in the westbound vehicle were also hospitalized. They were taken to the Indian Health Services hospital in Lame Deer. The initial report did not provide information about injuries.  

The FBI is investigating the crash. A spokeswoman for the FBI said she was unable to provide more information about the crash or updates on those injured.


Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.