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Two killed in crash near Zion National Park

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 01:54:40-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Two people were killed in a crash Monday morning on State Route 9 near Zion National Park.

The crash occurred around 9 a.m. at mile 22.5, near the town of Rockville.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a westbound Toyota Camry went off the right shoulder for an unknown reason, overcorrected, then spun into oncoming lanes.

The driver of an eastbound Ford Econoline van saw the oncoming car and tried to stop, but wasn't able to do so in time. The front end of the van collided with the rear passenger side of the car.

The male driver and female passenger in the Toyota died from their injuries at the scene, despite first responders including a LifeFlight crew attempting life-saving measures.

They have not yet been identified, but UHP said they were a married couple and the only occupants in the vehicle. UHP also said it appears the woman was wearing a seat belt, but the man was not.

The two occupants of the van, who troopers believe were not wearing seat belts, were taken to a hospital in good condition.