One dead, one critical in head-on in Sanpete County

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A Nevada woman was killed in a head-on collision in Sanpete County on Monday afternoon that also sent another driver to the hospital.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Marissa D. Watkins of Moapa, Nevada, died in the accident, which occurred on State Road 89 north of Axtell shortly before 1 p.m. A four-door Saturn she was driving north on the highway drifted off the road, causing her to overcorrect into the oncoming lane, UHP said.

The car was then hit head-on by a southbound Nissan Maxima driven by Richard Larsen, 68, of Nampa, Idaho. UHP said Monday that Watkins was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

Larsen, who was wearing a seatbelt, was injured and was transported in critical condition to a nearby hospital in Gunnison. He was later flown to a Provo hospital.

The crash is still under investigation by UHP troopers, but officials said Monday that alcohol or drugs did not appear to be factors in the crash.

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