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Two killed, several injured in Provo Canyon collision

Published: Sunday, May 6 2012 9:24 p.m. MDT

Two people were killed Sunday and several others were critically injured in a head-on collision in Provo Canyon, officials said. (KSL.com) Two people were killed Sunday and several others were critically injured in a head-on collision in Provo Canyon, officials said. (KSL.com)

WALLSBURG, Wasatch County — Two people were killed Sunday and several others were critically injured in a head-on collision in Provo Canyon, officials said.

The accident occurred just after 2 p.m. on U.S. 189 near Wallsburg, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. A Nissan Altima carrying two adults and two children crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and hit a Subaru carrying two adults and one child.

The Altima's driver, 63-year-old Kathleen Draper was pronounced dead shortly after she was transported to an area hospital. Her husband, 63-year-old Val Draper, later passed away as a result of his injuries. They were traveling with their two grandchildren, ages 12 and 2, who were reported in critical condition.

Traveling in the Subaru were Forest Finlayson, 24, his wife Shantell Finlayson, 25, and their 3-year-old son. Shantell Finlayson, who was reportedly 25 weeks pregnant, was critically injured and lost her child, officials said. Forest Finlayson was reported in serious condition and their 3-year-old son was reported in fair condition.

The accident occurred in a construction zone, but the construction was not believed to have been a factor, according to the UHP. Investigators also believe that speed, alcohol and drugs were not factors in the accident.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Benjamin Wood

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