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Kimberly Houk reportingA deadly night on Utah's roadways: Three people are dead, and many others are in the hospital Saturday night.
Two bad car accidents, one on the West side of the valley and the other on the East side, have officers cautioning everyone to slow down and obey traffic rules.
A couple of poor driving decisions lead to disastrous and deadly results tonight.
About 4 o'clock this afternoon, a car traveling Eastbound on 31st South went to make a lefthand turn on Bangerter Highway. Police say the driver failed to yield the right of way, and was t-boned by a truck traveling Westbound.
But what makes this accident even more tragic: Four small kids sitting in the back seat of the car, not wearing seatbelts. The Deseret Morning News reports that one of the children, a 10-year-old boy, suffered cardiac arrest and was airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Dave Krommenhoek, Witness: “It was hard to see the victim on the impact area. A lot of little girls had some very deep gashes and a lot of blood."
Lt. Randy Lloyd, West Valley City Police Dept.: “The very first child that was flown out of here was in full arrest. That is not good for a traumatic type incident. His condition is very serious - head injuries. "
Police say they don't know why the driver of the black car turned right in front of the pick up truck, but witnesses say the truck didn't have time to stop.
Witness: “We went into the intersection to see how much help was needed, and realized that it was much worse than I'd expected."
Another bad accident happened across town at 4500 South and 11th East.
Police say a driver going very fast passed several cars on the right, rolled his car, and caused a chain reaction crash involving seven other cars. One of the cars catapulted across the street and into a tree. Two people died instantly. Five others were rushed to the hospital.
Capt. Michael Jensen, Unified Fire Authority: This is one of our worst nightmares, to come to a scene and see victims lying on the ground, multiple cars, multiple victims. It's pretty horrific."
Police are not releasing the names of the two people who died until they notify their family members.
Police say they can't stress this enough: Be very careful when it comes to driving, buckle up, watch your speeds and the decisions you make behind the wheel.