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3 killed in crashes on Utah roads

Three people died on Utah roads Sunday.

A man died in a 4:45 p.m. crash near 1000 West and 200 South in Salt Lake City after he lost control of his Ford Contour, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Dave Hoffman. He had been traveling west on 200 South when the crash occurred.

The man made a sharp turn in front of an eastbound van, Hoffman said, and was killed instantly.

Two passengers in the van were taken to area hospitals in serious condition.

Late Sunday, police still had not been able to identify the dead man. His car was so damaged that police were unable to access the glovebox, where they hoped to find information about the man's identity. The man was not carrying a driver's license.

Police believe excessive speed was a factor in the crash. The speedometer in the dead man's car was stuck at 70 mph when they extricated his body, Hoffman said. The crash occurred in a residential area.

A second fatal crash that claimed two victims occurred on I-80 at mile marker 70, near Delle. Three adults and four children were in a Ford Escort station wagon that rolled, according to preliminary reports from the Utah Department of Public Safety. All were ejected in the crash.

Two people died in the crash, and four others were transported to Salt Lake City hospitals via medical helicopter.

Information about the two who died, the cause of the crash and the survivors was not available by press time.