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ACCIDENTS KILL 5 ON UTAH ROADS; 2 DIE IN PLANE CRASH NEAR BOISE

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Five people were killed on Utah highways over the holiday weekend, and two Salt Lake residents were killed in a small-plane crash outside Boise that left both of their spouses seriously injured.

Those who died in the crash were:Earl Thornton, 63, Salt Lake City.

Kathy Carrigan, 46, Salt Lake City.

Shirley Thornton, 62, and Jim Carrigan, 53, were admitted to the intensive care unit at Boise's St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Killed in separate traffic accidents over the three-day weekend were:

Juan Valero, 34, Ogden.

Trent Butterfield, 17, West Jordan.

Joe Schiender, 17, Colorado Springs, Colo.

David Kowelewski, 21, address unavailable.

Lynn H. Prestwich, 20, Midway, Wasatch County.

Valero was killed in a rollover on U-30 near Deweyville, Box Elder County, at 10 p.m. Monday. Valero was driving south when his vehicle drifted to the right side of the road and overcorrected to the left side before rolling over.

Valero, who was driving the car, was ejected. Also injured in the accident were passengers Armando Solis, 25, Tremonton, and Jessie Valero, 24, Ogden, who were treated at Bear River Valley Hospital and later released.

Meanwhile, two other Utahns, a Vernal boy and an Ogden woman, were in serious condition Tuesday at area hospitals after suffering injuries in separate accidents.

The plane crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. Sunday during takeoff from a private airport at the Greene Valley Ranch, a resort near the Sawtooth Wilderness area about 60 miles northwest of Boise, Sheriff Rick Layher said.

Layher said witnesses reported the plane bounced several times during takeoff and skimmed the tops of the trees at the end of the runway. Earl Thornton, the pilot, died at the scene, and Kathy Carrigan died after being transported to the Boise hospital.

Shirley Thornton suffered abdominal and head injuries, chest bruises and multiple lacerations. Jim Carrigan suffered two broken legs, head and abdominal injuries, bruises and lacerations, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

David Wagner, 4, of Vernal, suffered serious injuries after he was ejected through the window of a vehicle Sunday afternoon in a two-car collision on U-45 outside of Vernal.

Carin Wright, 20, was the most seriously injured of four Ogden residents who were hurt when their car struck a moose Monday night while driving down Parleys Canyon. According to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Wehrli, a pregnant moose wandered onto the road about 10:20 p.m., into the path of the car driven by Adam Goetz, 21. Goetz drove the car off the right side of the road, carrying the animal on the top of the car.

Goetz was taken to the hospital, as were passengers Bill McMillan, 21, and Stormy Salazar, age unknown. Wright, who suffered injuries to her head, neck and face, was the only patient from the accident who remained in the intensive care unit, a nursing supervisor said Tuesday morning.

Wehrli said the moose weighed more than 1,500 pounds. The animal was injured in the accident, so state officials had to shoot it.

In earlier weekend accidents, Butterfield and Schiender were killed when their car went out of control while driving south on I-15 near the west I-215 exit and struck a pole supporting an overhead freeway sign.

Kowelewski, 21, died after he crashed his motorcycle into a retaining wall about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at 1695 Wasatch Drive.

Prestwich was killed in a rollover early Saturday east of Heber.