Four teenagers killed in southeast Colorado crash

Four teenagers were killed Wednesday night in southeast Colorado when the SUV they were in collided with a semi-truck.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 287 near the small town of Wiley in Prowers County.

CSP investigators believe a Ford Explorer with five teenagers inside was headed southbound on the highway when its driver made a left turn in front of a northbound semi. The SUV was then struck by the truck, according to CSP.

The Explorer’s 16-year-old male driver and three passengers — ages 14, 15 and 16 — were killed in the crash. The fourth passenger, a 15-year-old boy, survived the crash and was flown to a hospital in Colorado Springs.

A male driver and male passenger in the semi were also transported to a hospital. The driver, 25, was released a short time later but the passenger, 50, remained hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday, according to CSP.

State Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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