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Jan 9, 2012 1:00 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Clinton bus accident victims identified

MISSOULA- The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people who were killed in Sunday morning's bus crash near Clinton.

Robert Lange, 56, of Kalispell a truck driver on his way home and 60-year-old Fatimah Amatullah of Chicago, who was on her way to Seattle to visit family, died after becoming trapped under the Rimrock Stages bus that flipped over on Interstate 90 east of Missoula.

Meanwhile, two other passengers who were also trapped under the bus are still reported to be in critical condition at St. Patrick Hospital.

Based on the latest information available from the Montana Highway Patrol, eight other people sustained serious injuries and 22 others were also hurt in the wreck.

Responding officers said the interstate was very icy and that's what likely caused the bus to crash.

"Certainly one of the worst I've seen in my 16 years. There were people lying everywhere seriously hurt. It was definitely one of the worst I've seen," said MHP Sergeant Scott Hoffman.

More than 30 passengers boarded the Rimrock Stages bus in Billings at 1 a.m. and were nearing their final destination of Missoula when the crash happened at 7 a.m.

- information from Melissa Rafferty, Irina Cates, Tara Oster and Mike Powers included in this report.

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