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The Latest: Names of those killed in car-bear crash released

By: Associated Press
September 29, 2017 Updated: September 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm
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DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a fatal car crash on a major Colorado highway that involved a bear (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Authorities have released the name of the three people who died after a car hit a bear on a major Colorado highway, KDVR TV reports.

Authorities say the people who were killed Friday morning after they were ejected from a 2007 Chevy SUV are Kimberly Hernandez, 7, and Eugenio Hernandez Altamirano, 63, who died at the scene. Brizeyda Hernandez, 15, was taken to Grand River Hospital in nearby Rifle, Colorado and then flown to Children's Hospital in Denver, where she died, KDVR reported.

The Colorado State Patrol says four other people in the car suffered serious injuries in the crash about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 70. They are a 9-year-old boy from New Castle, Colorado; a 62-year-old woman from Carbondale, Colorado; the 36-year-old male driver from New Castle; and a 32-year-old female passenger.

None of the seven people in the car are believed to have been wearing seat belts or sitting in a child safety seat at the time of the crash.

The patrol says the bear was killed in the crash and taken by the Department of Wildlife.

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5:31 p.m;

Three people were killed and four seriously injured when a car careened off a major highway after it struck a bear.

The Colorado State Patrol says seven people were in the car that slid across the center median, crossing over lanes of traffic before it flew off the highway Friday morning near Rifle, Colorado.

Two of those killed were children.

The State Patrol says it is withholding the names of the deceased until family members are notified.

The agency says drugs, alcohol, and the speed of the vehicle were not considered factors in the crash. The case is under investigation.

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