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LEBANON, Mo. (AP) _ Two people are dead after a driver lost control on a snow-covered highway in southern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the out-of-control car skidded into a tractor-trailer that was stopped Saturday afternoon because of an earlier crash on Interstate 44.

The 20-year-old Fort Leonard Wood man who was driving the car survived with minor injuries, but both passengers were ejected and killed. The patrol identified the victims as 24-year-old Eduardo Contreras of Wichita, Kansas, and Cesar Hernandez of Los Angeles.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has been working to clear wreckage from another I-44 pileup that happened Saturday when a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a Greyhound bus.

The department says it could take most of Sunday before both westbound lanes can be reopened.