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3 DIE AS CAR WITH 7 OREM TEENS IS HIT HEAD-ON

A compact car jammed with seven Orem teenagers returning home from a dance was struck head-on by another car Sunday morning, killing both drivers and one of the passengers.

Six other passengers in the two cars, including a woman who is seven months pregnant, were injured in the accident, two of them critically.The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. at about 3500 South on I-15 when a northbound Mazda crossed the median and struck the teenagers' southbound Hyundai, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Reynolds.

Kimberly Terry, the driver of the Hyundai, and passenger Seth Smith, both 17 and both from Orem, died instantly.

The driver of the other car, whose name was not released Sunday, was also dead at the scene. His passenger, a pregnant woman in her 20s or 30s, was taken by air ambulance to LDS Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

Elizabeth Spence, one of the Orem teenagers in Terry's car, was also listed in critical condition at LDS Hospital. Thomas Adamson, 17, was in serious condition at the same hospital.

Chad Brammer, 17, was in serious condition at Cottonwood Hospital. At University Hospital, Jeremy Asay, 17, was in serious condition, and Eric Sweeten, 18, was in stable condition.

Although the accident is still under investigation, Reynolds said alcohol and/or drugs may have been a contributing factor. It appears the driver of the Mazda fell asleep at the wheel and plowed across the median into the oncoming lanes of traffic, he said.

Both cars were traveling at highway speeds and were "stopped dead" in the impact, Reynolds said. The accident closed the southbound lanes of I-15 in central Salt Lake County for more than two hours while emergency equipment and two helicopters responded to the scene.

The seven teenagers were packed into a two-door car built for four, and the driver was the only one wearing a seat belt, Reynolds said. The two people in the Mazda also were not wearing seat belts.