Four pedestrians tried to cross Interstate 25 about 7:30 Monday night, and one was killed, spurring the closure of a busy stretch of northbound I-25.

Tony Barton, 36, died immediately after being struck by the vehicle, police said. He was from Security-Widefield.

Barton and three others apparently tried to run across the interstate, starting at the northbound lanes.

Two drivers in separate cars were distracted by the chaos and had a minor collision, said Lt. James Sokolik, police spokesman.

The driver of the large white van that struck Barton was “incredibly distraught,” Sokolik said.

Detectives were interviewing the three surviving pedestrians, he said.

The interstate was closed between Uintah and Fontanero streets for about four hours and has since reopened. 

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The Gazette's Liz Henderson contributed to this report.

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Evan is a 2019 intern at The Gazette. He is a Colorado Springs native who is currently a student at Northwestern University.

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