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2 killed, 4 injured in U.S. 6 collision

Woman and infant die in Spanish Fork Canyon

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SPANISH FORK — Two people died and four were injured in a 5 p.m. collision Monday in Spanish Fork Canyon, which has one of the most dangerous roads in Utah.

Police said the U.S. 6 accident occurred when a car and a pickup truck collided near milepost 186. Names were not released, pending notification of kin.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the westbound truck, which carried two people, crossed the median and hit an eastbound car with four passengers.

A man and woman were sitting in the car's front seats. A 7-year-old and an infant in a car seat were in the back seat, according to police.

All were wearing seat belts.

The car's driver swerved to avoid the truck, but the two vehicles smashed into each other. The impact killed the woman and the infant, who were both sitting on the right side, police said.

The accident snarled traffic as two medical helicopters and two ambulances carried the dead and injured to hospitals.

The driver of the car was taken by helicopter ambulance to the University Medical Center. The two passengers in the pickup were taken by ambulance to Mt. View Hospital in Payson. The 7-year-old was taken to a Salt Lake hospital.

The accident shut down the picturesque canyon highway as crews worked to clear the roadway. The last fatal accident on U.S. 6 through the canyon was in March, when a Colorado woman died in a collision on the then-icy highway.

The heavily traveled road is a popular route to Utah recreation sites and a much-used regional corridor, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Geoff Dupaix said.

UDOT has six projects to make U.S. 6 safer planned or under way this summer from Soldier Summit to I-70, he said. They include both rehabilitation and passing-lane construction.

The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating Monday's accident.


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