Three dead after two rollovers near Green River

A car crash involving this Lincoln town car took the life of Douglas R. Hughes, age 83, of Fountain Valley, California. The crash occurred Oct. 28, one day after another fatal accident took the life of two younger California residents. Photo from the Utah Department of Public Safety

Three California residents died in separate car crashes near Green River earlier this week. The first accident, on Sunday, Oct. 27, killed Trevor J. Manning and Starla J. Leal of Huntington Beach; Douglas R. Hughes of Fountain Valley died the next day in a separate accident.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, Hughes’ car landed on its roof around 1 p.m. on Sunday after going off the right side of the road then overcorrecting to the opposite shoulder.

The car’s roof collapsed onto Hughes, who was wearing a seat belt, and pinned him inside the vehicle. First responders extricated him from the car, which landed on its roof, but could not find a pulse. Hughes was 83.

A crash involving this Ford Excursion took the life of Starla J. Leal, 38, and, Trevor J. Manning, age 29, both of Huntington Beach, California. Photo from the Utah Department of Public Safety

The day prior, Manning and Leal also died in a similar rollover. After the car went off the righthand shoulder, the car then veered back onto the road and off the lefthand shoulder.

Utah Public Safety said that the two were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car as it overturned. Leal died on scene; Manning died of his injuries on the way to a nearby hospital. Leal was 38; Manning was 29.

The crash Sunday occurred four miles west of Green River, on Interstate 70; Monday’s crash also happened on the interstate, eight miles east of Green River.

Photo from the Utah Department of Public Safety