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Four women dead in Sevier County crash

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Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol Four people died and their driver suffered minor injuries after their truck rolled just east of Salina on Interstate 70. It appears the driver may have fallen asleep just before 5 a.m. and failed to negotiate a turn, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

By Michael McFall

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jun 22 2013 03:57PM
Updated Dec 7, 2013 11:34PM

Four family members — all from California and Mexico — died Saturday morning in a rollover after investigators say the driver may have fallen asleep.

Ezequiel Vasquez, 48, of Hawthorne, Calif., was driving east on Interstate 70 when it appears he may have fallen asleep just before 5 a.m., said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas. He failed to negotiate a turn near mile post 53, just east of Salina, and the four-door pickup rolled one and a half times.

The four passengers — his daughter, his mother and two aunts — were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the truck, Lucas said. Two died at the scene and the other two died later at a hospital.

Vasquez was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries, Lucas said.

The victims were listed as Jasmine Vasquez, 21, of Hawthorne, Calif., who was Vasquez’s daughter; Virginia Gonzales Hernandez, 79, of Guadalajara, Mexico; Paula Espinoza, 63, of Guadalajara; and Anita Maria Vasquez, age unknown, of Guadalajara.

Lucas could not confirm which woman was Vasquez’s mother and which two were his aunts.

The group had been on their way from California to Colorado.

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