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3 dead, 1 critically injured after head-on crash in San Juan County

3 dead, 1 critically injured after head-on crash in San Juan County

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MONTICELLO, San Juan County — Three people were killed and another person was critically injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 191 Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Kenneth Harding, 75, and Frances Harding, 73, of Goodman, Arizona, as well as 68-year-old Patricia Storm, of Minot, North Dakota, were killed in the crash, according to Utah Highway Patrol officials. Troopers didn't identify the individual critically injured in the crash.

Shortly after 4:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a crash on the highway about 23 miles north of Monticello.

Troopers said a person was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on the highway when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle veered into the northbound lane and collided with a Ford Expedition towing an 18-foot boat.

Kenneth Harding, who was driving the Expedition, and Frances Harding, the passenger in the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene. Storm was a passenger in the F-150 and also died at that scene, troopers said.

The driver of the F-150 was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, in critical condition. Troopers added that all four individuals were wearing seat belts.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.

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