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Two teenagers killed in crash near Lewistown

Posted at 3:16 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 17:16:52-04

LEWISTOWN – The Fergus County Coroner has identified Emily Ruth Kaufman and Elizabeth G. Mentzer as the two teens that died following a vehicle crash near Lewistown on Monday.

Kaufman, 17 years old, was from Hamilton; Mentzer, 17, was from Lewistown.

Fergus County Coroner R.J. Brown said in a press release that at about 3:50 p.m., Central Montana Dispatch received a call of a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 87 near Torgerson’s. Lewistown Fire & Rescue, Central Montana Medical Center Ambulance, Fergus County Sheriff’s Department, and Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

The crash involved two vehicles: a Toyota Prius with with four occupants (two male and two female), and a pickup truck with one occupant.

Kaufman died at the scene. The other occupants in the west-bound Toyota were taken to the Central Montana Medical Center.

Mentzer died in surgery at 5:33 p.m.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 60-year old man from Hobson, did not need medical treatment.

(1st Report) T Two teenagers died in a two-vehicle crash near Lewistown on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened along US Highway 87 near Cottonwood Creek Road, several miles west of Lewistown.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer driven by a 60-year old man from Hobson was eastbound on Highway 87 at around 4 p.m.

The MHP says a Toyota Prius with two teen boys and two teen girls was heading west and turned onto Cottonwood Creek Road in front of the pickup, and crashed into the sedan.

The two girls died; the two boys were injured. The severity of their injuries has not been disclosed.

The MHP says that none of the people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, and that alcohol/drugs and speed were not factors in the crash.

One of the victims died at the scene; three were taken to Benefis Health System in great falls.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, and there is no word on the condition of the injured people

The MHP is continuing to investigate; we will update you when we get more information.