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Accidents kill three in Washington County
by Ashley Langston
Mar 10, 2010 | 651 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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WASHINGTON COUNTY – A 25-year-old Salt Lake County woman was killed and the southbound lane of Interstate 15 was closed for more than four hours Wednesday after three different accidents involved multiple vehicles between mileposts 34 and 36.

The fatal accident, near the Black Ridge, occurred at about 12:25 p.m., according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release.

A previous accident was blocking traffic and a semi could not stop, causing a collision with five other vehicles. A Kia Spectra stopped behind the semi, but a second semi lost control, hit the Spectra, and pinned it against the first semi. The driver of the Spectra, Kristen Kay Taylor, died on scene, the press release reported.

Four people were transported to the hospital, including the passenger in the Spectra, who was in serious condition, according to the press release.

Emergency personnel from Washington and Iron counties responded.

After the accident, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office routed all southbound traffic off the interstate in Cedar City and directed it west and then south, through Enterprise. One southbound lane reopened at about 5 p.m. At that time, clean-up crews were still trying to clear the first blocking accident, the press release reported.

At about 12:50 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lars Gardner, responding to the I-15 accidents, was involved in a crash on River Road in St. George that left two women, Karen Gummow, 71, and Ila Jean Moore, 75, dead.

The vehicle the two women were in attempted to turn left and the trooper, who was traveling northbound, collided with their vehicle, according to a press release from the St. George Police Department.

According to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol, Gardner, who has been with the Utah Highway Patrol for three years, was released from the hospital in good condition this afternoon but is very shaken up by the event and is going through a difficult time.
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SoUtSkeptic
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March 12, 2010
Anonymous,

Help me understand; those serving in the military are supposed to not fear jumping from airplanes, bullets and IED’s, yet they are afraid of homosexuals?

If we embrace reality our military currently includes gays and we do not seem to see your imagined fears.

fairnessfundie
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March 11, 2010
Mr. Anonymous, most Western military forces have now removed policies excluding sexual minority members; of the 26 countries that participate militarily in NATO, more than 20 permit open lesbians, gays, or bisexuals to serve; of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, three (United Kingdom, France, and Russia) do so.

Do you know how many are wearing women;'s lingerie at night in their barracks, uni-sex apparel shows or men's men's choice dances at the EM club? How many Mr. Anonymous? How many?

Sounds like another if we allow African Americans into the military, the sky will fall argumentation to me.

Can you deal with reality, rather than project your late night bedroom fantasies?
anonymous
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March 11, 2010
Mr. Perry: What would be next in this military "Don't ask don't tell?" Would we allow male recruits to wear women's lingerie at night in their barracks ? Or perhaps they could be allowed to have Uni-sex apparel shows or 'Men's' Men's choice dances at the EM club.

Perhaps we would add to our Marine Recon, Army Rangers etc the 'Flamers' an all gay unit. Gyrenes would now be Gayrenes?

Mr. Perry, its not practical. Lovers quarrels, two timing situations. Gunnery Sgt's yelling "Ok, attention girls!"

My humor may offend some, yet not as much as those who served before this immoral notion.