Utah missionaries injured in car crash in west Africa

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church officials say four missionaries, including two from Utah, were injured in a vehicle collision in west Africa.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Eric Hawkins disclosed details of the accident Saturday.

According to Hawkins, four missionaries and a local church member were riding in a van Wednesday in Sierra Leone that was struck by a vehicle trying to pass a truck.

Hawkins says the driver of the other vehicle was killed.

Luke Dunn, of Salt Lake City, and Nicklaus Spaulding, of Nibley, were among the occupants of the mission van.

Hawkins did not specify the injuries of each person.

He says two were airlifted to Ghana for extensive care. Two others are hospitalized in Sierra Leone and one has been treated and released.

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