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3 Utahns are killed in traffic accidents

Three people were killed on U.S. 40 as the result of accidents that occurred less than an hour apart on Sunday afternoon.

Killed were:

Duane Goble, 55, Salt Lake County.

Luis Sosa, 31, Orem.

Charley Randall Bertola, 50, Fruitland, Duchesne County.

Goble and Sosa were passengers in vehicles that collided near Strawberry Reservoir about 2:30 p.m. Goble was in a pickup traveling west and passing a truck pulling a trailer that was turning right, a Utah Highway Patrol statement said.

A sports-utility vehicle with Sosa was traveling east and hit head-on with the pickup. The accident happened in the eastbound lane, the statement said.

No one in the pickup was wearing seat belts. Goble was airlifted to LDS Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver and other passenger in the truck were transported to hospitals with serious injuries, the statement said.

Sosa was dead at the scene. His seat belt wasn't fastened. The SUV driver went to a hospital with serious injuries, the statement said.

The road was wet, but it wasn't raining or snowing at the time of the accident. The accident remained under investigation, the statement said.

About 3:40 p.m., Bertola struck a deer just west of Fruitland. Bertola was eastbound on a motorcycle and wasn't wearing a helmet. He died at the scene. The UHP statement said the road was dry and that the accident remains under investigation.