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2 people die when car collides with semi in Gallatin County

December 26, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 90 in Gallatin County.

The coroner’s office said Monday that 35-year-old Laci Burkhart of Willow Creek and 41-year-old Judd Richard Smutt of Bozeman died in the crash about 2 miles east of Manhattan.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Burkhart was driving and Smutt was a passenger. The patrol says Burkhart’s car went out of control on the icy highway at about 11 p.m. The vehicle slid broadside across the median and into the path of a semi tractor-trailer.

The eastbound semi jackknifed and collided with a sport utility vehicle it was passing. The patrol tells The Billings Gazette says the driver of the semi and the four occupants of the SUV were uninjured.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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