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1 dead, several hospitalized after I-70 crash near Green River

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(Weston Kenney, KSL, File)



GREEN RIVER — A woman was killed and several other people were hospitalized after their vehicle crashed on I-70 Monday, rolling several times before it came to a stop, officials said.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, the Toyota 4Runner was westbound on I-70 with eight occupants inside. At about 7 a.m., just 1 mile west of the state Route 24 turnoff toward Hanksville and 10 miles west of Green River, the vehicle suddenly veered left, leaving the road, then sharply veered right. The 4Runner went off the road and hit an embankment, causing it to roll a number of times.

Officials say that six of the occupants were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger were wearing their seat belts and were not ejected.

UHP said that a woman who was ejected died at the scene. The other occupants of the car received various injuries, ranging from critical to injures that were not considered to be life-threatening. All the occupants were taken to a local hospital. The crash involves foreign nationals from at least three different countries, officials said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Utah Highway Patrol in its investigation. There was fog in the area at the time of the accident, but it is not known if visibility was a factor in the crash, officials said.

Further information, including the identities of those involved, was not released.

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