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UHP identifies 3 killed in Moab collision

Published August 18, 2013 12:37 am

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The Utah Highway Patrol has identified three people killed in a four-car collision on State Road 191 south of Moab.

Killed in the Friday afternoon accident were Juan Vidales, 54, and Stephanie Vidales, 28, both of Saginaw, Texas, and 69-year-old Arthur Loewen, of Perry, Ga.

The Vidaleses were passengers in a southbound Nissan Maxima that attempted to pass a semitrailer and collided with an oncoming Hyundai before it spun out of control and was struck by a Cadillac DTS in the northbound traffic lane.

Juan Vidales was in the front passenger seat and was killed on impact, the UHP said in a news release. Stephanie Vidales was in a rear passenger seat and was ejected from the car.

Ten-year-old Lillian Vidales, also of Saginaw, Texas, was ejected and injured. She was transported to San Juan Hospital in Monticello. The driver of the car, David Lewis, 28, of Saginaw, Texas, was admitted to the same hospital.

Loewen was the front passenger in the Cadillac and was also killed upon impact, the UHP said.

Driver Linda Loewen, 67, also of Perry, Ga., and rear passenger Terry Smith, 66, of Elreno, Okla., suffered serious injuries and were transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

A fourth car, a Toyota Camry that was traveling in the northbound lane, was damaged from flying debris, but the driver was not injured.

The occupants of the Hyundai received minor injuries.

The crash remained under investigation on Saturday.