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Utah Highway Patrol
Five people were killed and two others were critically injured after a head-on collision on U.S. 191 near Monticello on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

MONTICELLO — Five people died Sunday in a collision on U.S. 191 near Monticello, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

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Just before 2 p.m., a van carrying five people tried to pass another vehicle on the two-lane highway and collided with a car coming the other direction, said UHP trooper Evan Kirby.

The car was pushed off an embankment and caught fire after the crash, which occurred in the area of Peters Hill, roughly 13 miles north of Monticello, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Three people in the van, including the driver, and two people in the car died, while two others in the van were critically injured and transported by helicopter to area hospitals, Kirby said.

The crash closed U.S. 191 in both directions.