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A 63-year-old Busby man died Thursday after the car he was riding in was struck by another vehicle in Big Horn County.

Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis on Friday identified the man as Clifford Russell.

The car, being driven by a 43-year-old woman, also from Busby, had been northbound on Highway 314 before reaching the intersection with Highway 212 in Busby, according to Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Keith Edgell.

The car appeared to have attempted a left turn onto Highway 212, as an SUV containing three Ohio residents was driving eastbound through the intersection, Edgell said.

The SUV struck the car's left side, injuring both of the car's occupants and the driver of the SUV, a 21-year-old man. The two Busby victims were transported to the Indian Health Services clinic in Crow Agency, where the man was pronounced dead, Edgell said.

The other vehicle's driver was transported to the IHS clinic in Lame Deer. His two passengers, a 19-year-old woman and another 21-year-old man, were wearing their seat belts and were not injured. Edgell said it wasn't clear whether the driver had been wearing his seat belt.

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Neither of the car's occupants were wearing seat belts.

The car apparently failed to yield the right-of-way to the SUV, Edgell said.

The crash occurred at about 12:10 p.m. The FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are investigating.

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