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The two people who died in a Christmas Eve crash with a semi on Interstate 90 west of Bozeman have been identified.

Laci Burkhart, 35, of Willow Creek, and Judd Richard Smutt, 41, of Bozeman, died in the crash about 2 miles east of Manhattan, the Gallatin County Coroner's Office said.

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. on Christmas Eve. 

The westbound vehicle slid broadside through the median, according to the narrative, entering the eastbound lane before an oncoming tractor-trailer collided with it. The trailer jackknifed, striking Ford SUV that the tractor had been passing at the time, the MHP narrative states.

Both occupants of the passenger car were ejected during the impact, and both were pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer and all four occupants of the SUV were uninjured, according to MHP.

Speed is suspected as a factor in the crash.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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