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Van Carrying 14 Crashes, Kills 4

December 4, 2002

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A van carrying 14 people slammed into a tractor-trailer rig early Wednesday, killing four people and critically injuring several others, authorities said.

The passengers included children, Highway Patrol Sgt. Doug McCleve said.

The van struck the front of the truck at about 5 a.m. on Highway 89 about eight miles east of Kanab, in southern Utah. The truck driver wasn’t hurt, McCleve said.

By the time troopers arrived, passers-by had taken some of the survivors to Kane County Hospital.

All 10 survivors, ranging in age from 2 to 37, were taken to the hospital, said spokeswoman Laurali Noteman. Three in critical condition were flown to trauma centers in Las Vegas and St. George, Utah.

Kanab is 260 miles south of Salt Lake City, near the Arizona state line.

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