The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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July 27, 2013

Model T crash victim in Utah ID'd as Owatonna woman

The victim of a crash involving at 1915 Model T outside Utah's Zion National Park has been identified as the president of a Minnesota antique car club.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jalaine Hawkes said 51-year-old Karen Johnson of Owatonna, Minn., was killed in the wreck Friday that sent three other people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hawkes said the names of the injured aren't being released but they're also from the Owatonna area.

Investigators said the 19-year-old male driver pulled off state Route 9 to let faster traffic pass when the right front wheel's wooden spokes collapsed off pavement and the car overturned.

Hawkes said all four were ejected as the car wasn't equipped with seat belts and had its top down.

Johnson, president of the T-Totalers of Minnesota club, was on an annual tour in the Southwest with other Model T Ford Club International members and her family.

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