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2 Utahns among 5 crash fatalities

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KEARNEY, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol has identified the five people killed over the weekend when their pickup truck crossed the median on Interstate 80 and collided with an oncoming pickup.

A mother and her two young sons from Denver — Maria Avalos, 32, Alexandro Ulloa, 3, and Avan Ulloa, 2 — were killed in the crash, along with two adults from West Valley City — Rafael Castro Recendez, 34, and Ortensia Julio, whose age was not known.

The Denver family and the two Utahns were in a Ford F-150 pickup, along with 35-year-old Vincent Ulloa of Denver, who was injured in the crash. Ulloa was married to Maria Avalos and the father of the young boys who were killed; he underwent surgery Sunday.

State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said Monday the relationship between the Denver family and the two other adults was not immediately clear although Recendez and Julio are believed to be related to the Ulloas.

The Ford pickup was going west on I-80 shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, just west of the Shelton overpass, which is 19 miles east of Kearney.

Freezing drizzle had coated the area and may have contributed to the crash, State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

The Ford pickup crossed the median and clipped the left rear of an eastbound car. Then the pickup collided with an eastbound Dodge pickup.

Two people in the Dodge pickup — Kenneth Husted, 48, of Lincoln, and his 13-year-old son Ross — were injured in the crash. Both were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney with multiple fractures.

Good Samaritan did not immediately return calls Monday to check the crash victims' conditions.