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2 killed in crashes on Utah roads

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Two people were killed Wednesday in separate accidents in Utah.

Killed was: Flora Gomez, 16, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The name of the other victim has not been released.

The unidentified person was pronounced dead at the scene at a three-car crash near Magna around 10 p.m. on 11700 West and U-201.

In that accident, a car carrying two people crossed the center line and clipped a vehicle carrying five people, causing it to roll. The first car then hit head-on another car carrying four people, said Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Kramer.

The cause of the accident involving 11 people is unknown, Kramer said.

The 10 other passengers sustained minor to critical injuries and were transported to several area hospitals.

Another accident occurred close to Bluff, in San Juan County, Wednesday morning.

Gomez was killed after a van carrying 15 people rolled. She was one of 15 people, all from Oaxaca, Mexico, who apparently were traveling to Florida, said Kramer.

The vehicle was traveling northbound on U-191 around 7 a.m. when it rolled, Kramer said. Speed and fatigue are believed to have contributed to the accident, and no other cars were involved, Kramer said. The van's back seat had been removed, and several people were seated around the floor, Kramer said.

None of the passengers was wearing a seat belt. One person was taken by medical helicopter to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colo. The injured passenger was later transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

One passenger escaped without injury, but 12 others were taken by ground transport to San Juan Hospital in Monticello, Kramer said. One of those 12 passengers received minor surgery at the hospital and another required major surgery and was expected to be taken by medical helicopter to another hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

The remaining 10 passengers were treated at San Juan Hospital and released to immigration officials Wednesday, Bradford said.