A 15-year-old boy died Friday morning in a crash just west of Woodland Park, officials said. One eastbound lane of Highway 24 remained closed for several hours as officers investigated the crash.
Kevin McDonald, 15, died of his injuries, said Trooper Josh Lewis.
The Colorado State Patrol received a call at 7:18 a.m. about a two-car crash. A 60-year-old woman was driving a Lincoln SUV, he said. A 17-year-old male was driving a Jeep with a 14-year-old girl and the 15-year-old boy as passengers, he said.
The two other teens were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
All three students attended Woodland Park High School, and the school brought in extra counselors to help students and staff, said Michael DeWall, Woodland Park High School assistant principal and athletic director.
"We will have extra resources to help students as long as it is needed," he said. "People deal with grief in different ways."
School leaders decided to close the campus for lunch, instead of allowing junior and senior students to leave as usual, he said. Administrators didn't want students leaving campus without parental guidance.
"We're trying to operate on a normal schedule," DeWall said, adding the decisions about events planned for the weekend would be made before the end of the school day.
He said teachers were told to take as much time in class as needed to help students handle the news.
Unfortunately, the school community has dealt with the grief of loss in the recent past. Last summer, three students were killed in a crash in Wyoming. The three teens were on their way home from a Boy Scout summer camp.
"There are still students and staff that are dealing with that," DeWall said.
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