Four teenagers were killed and a fifth was flown to a Colorado Springs hospital after an SUV collided with a semi-truck in Prowers County in southeastern Colorado on Wednesday night, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The teens were in a Ford Explorer going south on U.S. 287 just after 9:30 p.m. It was hit by a northbound semi-truck near Prowers County Road 196 near Wiley after the driver of the Explorer tried to turn left in front of the semitruck, troopers said.
The Explorer's 16-year-old male driver and three passengers — a 16-year-old male, a 15-year-old male and a 14-year-old female — were killed in the crash, troopers said.
A 15-year-old male passenger was flown to a Colorado Springs hospital. The surviving teenager was in critical condition Thursday morning, Wiley School District superintendent Jeff Bollinger said.
The Wiley School canceled classes Thursday and offered grief counseling to students and school staff members, Bollinger said.
The semi-truck driver, a 25-year-old man, was taken to a hospital and later released.
A 50-year-old passenger in the sleeper berth of the semi-truck was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, troopers said.