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The Valley County Sheriff's office has identified two victims killed last week in a fatal crash near Glasgow.

Anthony Curley, 71, and Joan Swails, 72, died Nov. 23 from injuries sustained in a crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Montana Highway 24, Sheriff Vernon Buerkle said Thursday.

Curley was a Nashua resident and Swails lived in the Glasgow area, Buerkle said.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m., about two miles east of Glasgow.

Curley was driving westbound on Highway 24 in a passenger car, in which Swails was the passenger, when he reached the intersection with Highway 2, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. He attempted to make a U-turn to head east, when a westbound pickup struck the car on the driver's side, MHP Trooper Mitch Willett said last week.

The driver of the pickup "hit his brakes and tried to take evasive action," but was unable to avoid the collision, Willett said.

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The crash occurred at highway speeds, and everyone involved was wearing a seat belt, the trooper said.

Curley was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Buerkle. Swails died about three hours later after being transported to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, he said.

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