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Two Shepherd children killed in crash on rural road

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Two children were killed Friday and a teen hospitalized after a collision on a rural road between Billings and Roundup.

First responders pronounced the two kids, a five-year-old boy and girl, dead at the scene after the UTV they were traveling in was struck by a sedan at the intersection of Hofferber Road and Shepherd Acton Road. The 13-year-old driver of the UTV was transported to a Billings hospital, according to a statement from Montana Highway Patrol.

Two vehicle crash on Shepherd Acton road results in two fatalities

First responders work the scene of a two vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities at the intersection of Shepherd Acton Road and Hofferber Road in Shepherd on Friday afternoon.

The teenage girl was driving a Kawasaki UTV north on Hofferber Road on Friday afternoon. When she reached Shepherd Acton Road, she allegedly had driven in front of an 18-year-old woman driving a Subaru Legacy westbound. The Subaru struck the UTV on its passenger side, rotating the vehicle until it came to a stop in a nearby irrigation ditch, according to preliminary information from MHP.

All four people involved in the collision were Shepherd residents. Neither drugs, alcohol nor speed are suspected to be factors in the crash. MHP did not provide any information on the condition of the driver of the Subaru.

Two vehicle crash on Shepherd Acton road results in two fatalities

First responders work the scene of a two vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities at the intersection of Shepherd Acton Road and Hofferber Road in Shepherd on Friday afternoon.

At least 55 people have died on Montana’s roads so far this year, according to the latest crash data from MHP. The “100 Deadly Days of Summer,” the time of the year when fatal crashes typically spike nationwide, began Memorial Day weekend. Going into June , MHP has responded to less deadly crashes compared to last year, with nearly 80 fatalities reported at the start of June 2021.

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