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Three Dead in Weekend Crashes Around Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- At least three people are dead following three separate Memorial Day weekend crashes.

The first accident occurred about 4 p.m. Friday when KC Beath, 16, of Neola, was killed and six other teens were injured in a rollover in Duchesne County. The crash occurred in Talmage when the pickup truck Beath was driving blew a tire and he lost control, ejecting him from the vehicle.

He was flown to LDS Hospital, where he died. Four passengers in the bed of the truck and two others in the cab suffered nonfatal injuries and were taken by ambulance to Uinta Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt.

Another young man died in a second car crash in Farmington about 10:30 p.m. The boy was a passenger in a Honda Civic that was struck at an intersection by a southbound Jeep Cherokee. His name was not immediately released.

The teenage driver and a young passenger in the Honda were hospitalized in intensive care. A woman and two children in the Jeep were not injured. The cause of that crash remained under investigation, according to police.

In Tooele County, a 55-year-old man died on west Interstate 80, near Lake Point, about 3:15 a.m. Saturday when he drifted to the right side of the highway in his Ford Mustang. Police say Eugene Thompson, of Fort Collins, Colo., overcorrected to the left, slid sideways and rolled. His 17-year-old passenger received only minor injuries. Both people were wearing seat belts.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers were conducting a stepped-up enforcement campaign around the state over the weekend to keep motorists alert and safe on highways. That effort continues Monday.

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

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