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HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS TAKE LIVES OF 3 WASATCH FRONT RESIDENTS

Three Utahns died Monday in accidents in Layton, Murray and on westbound I-80.

Killed were:Elizabeth C. Wright, 41, Salt Lake.

Bradley Carter, 17, Layton.

LuAna Durfee, 73, Murray.

Wet roads are likely to blame for a midday accident Monday that claimed the life of the Salt Lake woman and stalled highway traffic for almost three hours.

Wright was driving west on I-80 near 1900 east about 11:50 a.m. when she lost control of her car, swerved across the median and slid into oncoming traffic, according to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Hill.

Wright's car was hit on the driver's side door by an eastbound van driven by 27-year-old Erik Morgan. Wright was flown to LDS Hospital with stomach and neck injuries and later died.

The victim's 16-month-old daughter, Kimberly Wright, was in a child restraint seat and escaped the accident with only minor injuries.

Morgan, Salt Lake, was taken to University Hospital with multiple injuries. He was listed Tuesday in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

The accident is still under investigation, but officials say morning showers left roads slick and may have caused the crash.

Carter was killed Monday morning.

According to Layton police, Carter had turned off South Main Street onto Fort Lane where it curves from east to north and apparently failed to make the curve, striking a tree at 571 S. Fort Lane.

There is no evidence of excess speed or alcohol involved, according to police, who said the 10:35 a.m. accident is still under investigation. It did not appear the victim was wearing a seat belt, police said. Bradley was alone in the vehicle and no other cars were involved.

Durfee died following a two-car accident in Murray at 11:40 a.m. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her son, 46-year-old Charles D. Durfee of Ivins, Washington County.

They were eastbound on 5300 South and had turned left to travel north on State Street when the vehicle collided with an oncoming car, driven by Hal D. Crew, 35, West Jordan. Crew, his passenger 39-year-old Rodney D. Cody and Charles Durfee suffered minor injuries.