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December 19, 2014

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Police investigate possible human smuggling in deadly Utah crash

SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say four people have died and four more have been injured in a van rollover crash on Interstate 70, about 30 miles west of the Colorado border.

Police are investigating whether the van was involved in human smuggling.

They are searching for one person who was in the van, but ran off after the Friday morning crash.

The accident happened at about 4:30 a.m. and closed the highway Friday morning.

Authorities believe no other vehicles were involved, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

They believe the van's passengers don't speak English, Royce said.

Royce added that police don't know how old the passengers were, where they were from or who was driving the van.

Emergency crews brought the injured people to St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Their injuries range from serious to critical, Royce said.

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