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(Photo courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety)BIG WATER, Utah -- A head-on collision near the Utah-Arizona border killed three people Saturday afternoon.
The Utah Highway Patrol said a Jeep Cherokee was traveling west on state Route 89 near the town of Big Water when its driver -- 54-year-old Gene Denbrook of Church Wells, Utah -- attempted to pass a vehicle in front of it.
At the same time, a Suzuki ASX was traveling east on the same road. Troopers said when the Jeep moved into the eastbound lane it did not give time for either of the drivers to react.
The two vehicles collided head-on, killing the three occupants on impact. Denbrook was not wearing a seat belt.
It is unknown at this time if the driver and passenger in the Suzuki were wearing seat belts. Troopers have now identified the driver as 61-year-old David McNay of Yuma, Ariz., and the passenger as 75-year-old Marshall Jean Kamuth, also of Yuma, Ariz.
The eastbound lane of SR 89 was closed for 3 hours while troopers investigated the accident.