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GREAT FALLS — Two 18-year-old Great Falls women were killed in a nearly head-on crash on U.S. Highway 2 near West Glacier.

Flathead County officials identified the victims Thursday as Caitlin Benner and her passenger, Vanessa Fitzgerald.

The Montana Highway Patrol tells the Great Falls Tribune the car Benner was driving crossed the center line Wednesday afternoon and struck a guardrail. The car lost a tire and swerved back into the roadway into the path of a van.

The 34-year-old Kalispell man driving the van was unable to swerve to avoid the collision. He and a 1-year-old child in the car were not injured.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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