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3 DIE IN VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS, AND A HYRUM GIRL, 4, DROWNS

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A Provo High School teacher died in an ATV accident in Hobble Creek Canyon near Provo, and an automobile accident on I-70 claimed the lives of two Aurora, Colo., residents outside of Richfield Saturday. A Hyrum, Cache County, girl died Friday in a drowning accident.

Killed were:Walter Joel Barber, 43, Springville.

Santos Hermina Aguilar, 31, Aurora, Colo.

Alexandro Lones-Beltran, 20, Aurora, Colo.

Margaret Morris, 4, Hyrum.

- Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Fernstedt said Barber was riding on a four-wheel recreation vehicle with a friend in Poles Canyon about 10 miles from Springville. At about 6 p.m. the vehicle crashed and rolled on top of Barber, striking his head.

He was dead at the scene.

Fernstedt said investigators don't know what caused the accident. Barber was behind the other four-wheeler when the incident occurred.

Barber was an auto mechanics teacher at Provo High School.

- Aguilar was driving a Toyota truck east on I-70 about 22 miles south of Richfield at 6:50 a.m. when she reportedly veered off the road and overturned, ejecting Aguilar and three passengers, according to a Utah Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

"It looks like the driver likely fell asleep, then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll," the UHP spokeswoman said.

Aguilar and Lones-Beltran were pronounced dead at the scene. Aguilar's son, Fernando Diaz, 7, was in intensive care and in critical condition with head injuries, and another of her children, Claudio Xiomar Aguilar, 4, was in serious condition early Saturday evening at Primary Children's Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The children, also of Aurora, Colo., were flown to the Salt Lake hospital.

None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, the UHP spokeswoman said.

- Morris was playing with several other children in a pond near Paradise, some 15 miles south of Logan, about 3 p.m. when she somehow slipped underwater, according to a Cache County Sheriff's dispatcher.

Rescuers pulled the child from pond and performed CPR before rushing her to Logan Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Friday's incident marks Utah's fifth confirmed drowning this year.