N. Colorado highway crash kills 7
Vail, CO Colorado
JOHNSTOWN ” An SUV plunged off an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a fiery crash early Thanksgiving morning, killing all seven people inside it, including two young children, authorities said.
Investigators haven’t determined the identities or ages of the victims, Colorado State Trooper Gilbert Mares said. The Chevrolet Suburban was registered in Alberta, Canada, he said.
“I’ve been a trooper for 18 years and this is one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen,” Mares said.
Among the dead were an infant, a toddler, three other males and two females, Mares said. Mares said one of the males was driving.
Autopsies were planned for Friday. Larimer County coroner’s investigator Maury Miller couldn’t say how long it would take to identify the victims because of the conditions of the bodies.
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He said investigators found a driver’s license in the wreckage but it was impossible to match the photo to any of the victims.
Weather does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. Investigators haven’t determined whether alcohol, drugs or speed were involved, he said.
The SUV veered into the median on Interstate 25 near Johnstown, 40 miles north of Denver, and plunged off an overpass, sailing about 40 or 50 feet before hitting an embankment and bursting into flames, Mares said.
“Not only is (the SUV) burned, it has a lot of crushed deformation from hitting the concrete,” Mares said.
Associated Press Writer Dan Elliott in Denver contributed to this report.