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Associated Press, Published March 04 2013

Victims of 2 eastern Montana crashes identified

BILLINGS, Mont. — Officials have released the names of two men who died in recent highway crashes in eastern Montana.

Richland County Coroner John Dennison says 22-year-old Casey Daniel Austin of Mandan, N.D., died on Feb. 28 when the pickup truck he was riding in failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the road near Sidney. The truck went off an embankment, flipped on its top and slid about 20 feet. The crash was reported at about 5:30 a.m.

Roosevelt County Assistant Coroner Marilyn Silva tells The Billings Gazette that 53-year-old Thomas Zortman of Poplar died after a one-vehicle crash at about 5:50 a.m. on Feb. 28.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Zortman was eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 when he suffered a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle.