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Monday, April 22, 2024

SPANISH FORK, Utah - Two 15-year-old girls died and a 13-year-old girl was critically injured after they were struck by a freight train in Utah.

Utah County sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon says the three girls were taking photos when they were hit Saturday evening in Spanish Fork Canyon. He says the teens apparently knew one train was coming, but did not realize another train was coming from the opposite direction and became caught between them.

The Deseret News reports Essa Ricker and Kelsea Webster were killed in the accident. Kelsea's sister, Savannah Webster, underwent surgery Sunday at a hospital.

Cannon says one train either hit the girls or threw them into the path of the other, but it is also possible they were hit by both trains. The area has two sets of tracks.

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