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2 weekend accidents claim lives of 3 Utahns

A Salt Lake man trying to cross the freeway and two Emery County residents were killed in two separate accidents on Utah highways over the weekend.

Killed were:Keven Thomas, 47, Salt Lake City.

Phylis Turner, 89, Huntington.

Dusty Sorensen, 19, Huntington.

Icy roads from a midmorning snowstorm contributed to the two-car collision in Spanish Fork Canyon Sunday that killed Turner and Sorensen.

A westbound vehicle driven by Dustin Curtis, 20, of Castledale, hit a slick part of the road, spun out of the control and collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by Barbara Covert, 63, Huntington, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Verdi White II.

The accident occurred on U-6 near Soldier Summit.

The five passengers in the Curtis vehicle were not wearing seat belts. The two women in the vehicle driven by Covert were wearing safety belts, White said.

"It looks like they were going too fast for the conditions," he said. "It's no doubt the weather was a factor in this."

Both victims died at the scene. Five others were taken to hospitals in Provo and Payson, White said.

- Thomas was trying to cross the I-215 freeway when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle Saturday.

Investigators don't know why Thomas was trying to cross the freeway near 2200 North, said White. He was walking west over the northbound lanes when the vehicle hit him about 5:30 a.m. - killing him instantly.

"We don't know why he was on the freeway," White said. "There was no obvious indication of drugs or alcohol. We didn't find any abandoned vehicles or broken-down vehicles nearby."

Troopers will continue to investigate to try to determine why he was on the freeway, White said. The driver's name was not released.

"It was dark and it was raining lightly," White said. "The man was wearing dark clothing and there's not much you can see under those types of conditions."