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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 68-year-old West Valley City man was killed when his car overturned on U.S. 40 near Strawberry reservoir, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The driver, whose name has not been released pending notification of kin, was killed about 6:30 p.m. Monday when he drifted to the right, over corrected and rolled, UHP Sgt. Rudy Taylor said.

He said the man was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car.

The death was the fifth from Utah highway accidents during the Memorial Day holiday period.

Ajay Bysami, 22, a student from India, was killed Saturday when the SUV he was in rolled on Utah 262 in San Juan County near Montezuma Creek. The driver told the highway patrol that he swerved to avoid another vehicle and his SUV rolled several times. The fatal victim, who was sitting in the middle of the back seat with two other passengers, was ejected.

KC Ray Beath, 16, of Neola died Friday evening when a tire on his pickup truck blew at Talmage in Duchesne County and went out of control. He was ejected from the vehicle.

Jake Pratt, 17, was killed in Farmington Friday when an SUV driver ran a stop sign and broadsided the car in which Pratt and two other teenagers were riding.

In Tooele County, a Colorado man was killed on Interstate 80 near Lake Point about 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Police say Eugene Thompson, 55, of Fort Collins drifted to the right, overcorrected to the left, slid sideways and rolled.

An Interstate 15 accident Sunday morning on the Arizona side of the state line, originally reported as being on the Utah side, claimed the life of a California man, said Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Frank Valenzuela.

The vehicle went off the road, hit the end of a guard rail and rolled down an embankment. The victim was pronounced dead at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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