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Teen Killed, Children Injured in Grantsville Wreck

Teen Killed, Children Injured in Grantsville Wreck



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Amanda Butterfield reportingA head-on collision kills a teenager and sends a family to the hospital. All of the victims were from the town of Grantsville.

The teenage girl who died in the wreck was 17-year old Kamie Lee Synder. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers say she was driving at the intersection of highway 138 and Highway 112 when she was hit.

Ambulances and at least three medical helicopters blocked the two lane state road just east of Grantsville overnight.

"All victims are local, from Grantsville. It's pretty traumatic for this community."

Teen Killed, Children Injured in Grantsville Wreck

Two cars were traveling in opposite directions when the driver of a car with four children aboard drifted into the center line. The 17-year-old driver was hit head-on, and died.

Lt. Mike Rapich, Utah Highway Patrol: "Following the collision, the westbound vehicle overturned. The westbound vehicle was engulfed in flames. There were five occupants in the vehicle."

All five in that vehicle were injured. One boy suffered a broken thigh bone, another girl had her fingers cut-off, and the aunt was badly burned after the car burst into flames.

Teen Killed, Children Injured in Grantsville Wreck

Lt. Mike Rapich: "There were enough flames around the people, there were witnesses helping to keep the flames away from the children."

The children, ranging in age from nine to infant, were all taken to the hospital -- two flown with their aunt.

Investigators have been out reconstructing the crash, and say there were no skid marks on the road. They still don't know yet what caused the driver to drift into the center lane.

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