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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 10:55 a.m. MDT

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This is heartbreaking. I can't imagine how the players' families must be grieving at this time, as well as the team about to head into camp. I was friends with Chelsey Peterson in high school, who went on to run track at BYU and was killed in an accident her freshman year, I believe, and it was devastating on the community. I pray that Uhatafe will pull through. Heaven got a blue chipper today.

Love skiing
Salt Lake City, UT

This is real sad news. My heart goes out to all of their families.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

Our prayers are with the families of both players, and I certainly hope that Salesi manages to
recover. A sad day for all football fans in the state.

Orem, UT

Condolences to the players' families and to their Utah family. Our prayers are with their families as they cope with this tragic situation.


Horrible, horrible news. 3 lives lost, and one in critical condition. I just finished a road trip of my own this past weekend, on full rest, hopefully this story will prevent someone else from drowsy driving. Prayers go out to the family and friends!

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

My heartfelt and sincere condolences are extended to the family, friends , and loved ones of this fine young man. My prayers are with them in this time of sorrow, and I sincerely hope that, the one in critical condition is able to pull through. I know they wanted to continue playing together on the same college team. I grieve for them and their parents.It is one of life's major injustices to have a parent outlive their child.Today I hurt , not because of UTE football , but to have such a trauma cast upon the loved ones of these student-athletes cut down in the prime of youth. A sad day indeed .

Northern, UT

Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have lost a loved in this accident. Terrible and tragic news. Blessings upon you all...

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

This is the worst news a family can receive. Especially being involved in athletics, they have many close friends and teammates mourning their loss as well. Here's hoping that Uhatafe pulls through.

Highland, UT

What aweful news, very tragic. It makes me sad to think about the families that are having to endure this and all the possibilities lost for these young people. Just a terrible thing to hear.

Spanish Fork, UT

My heart goes out to all those effected by this terribly tragic event. You will be in my prayers.

Palo Alto, CA

A very sad day for the families and friends of these young men. My heart-felt prayers and condolences to all who have cause to mourn this day because of this tragic accident.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Condolences to the families and friends - my heartfelt prayers for you to be comforted in this time of trial.

Mesa, AZ

1 bright spot in this horrible tragedy is that Uhatafe has thankfully been released from the hospital.

Layton, UT

Brings things into Perspective.
Prayers and Blessings to those involved and those who mourn.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT


Duckhunter, thanks for the classy words.

American Fork, UT

So tragic. And it makes the Red/Blue rivalry seem petty and silly in comparison. Football 5th? Maybe 5th ranks too high as well...

orem, ut

This Cougar fan is sending well wishes to the families involved and the University of Utah family. May you find peace on this sad day.

Baltimore, MD

A Monday morning Twitter post by Manukainio indicated that drowsiness may have been a factor. The Tweet read: "22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my."

Far too often, drowsy driving is a factor in these tragic accidents.

Condolences to the families and friends of these young men.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Very sad news!!! Our hearts and prayers go out to all involved in the Ute Nation and beyond
These young men will be missed by all family, friends, teammates, classmates, and others!!!

Go Cougs!!!
Go Utes!!!

West Point , UT

It's always difficult and sad to hear of anyone losing their life, but when they are so young and have so much ahead of them it seems to hurt more. My deepest condolences to the families, players, and coaches at Utah & Texas A&M who lost brothers, cousins, friends and teammates. Glad to hear that Uhatafe will be ok physically, but my heart aches for the psychological pain he will experience. My prayers are with him.

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