5 people between ages 16 and 22 killed in head-on crash on Utah mountain highway

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Five teenagers and young adults returning from a camping trip in northern Utah were killed Saturday when they tried to pass another vehicle on a mountain highway and their car slammed into an oncoming pickup truck.

The 19-year-old driver of the westbound Honda Accord was trying to pass in a no-passing zone on state Route 39 near the Eagles Campground and the entrance to South Fork Canyon when it struck the Ford F-350 about 7:30 a.m., Weber County sheriff's Lt. Phillip Howell said.

The five victims ranged in age from 16 to 22. Two were females and three were males. None appeared to be wearing a seat belt, sheriff's Capt. Klint Anderson said.

A man, his wife and their baby in the pickup truck were not seriously injured. The adults were wearing seat belts and the baby was in an infant seat.

The truck ended up on top of the Accord, authorities said. The crash closed the highway in both directions for about five hours before it reopened about 2 p.m.

Authorities did not immediately release the victims' identities.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on its website that family members at the scene confirmed the name of the driver as Timothy Joe Arguello, and two of the passengers were Fealina Espinoza, 16, and Todd Salazar, 22. All three were from Ogden.