4 killed in crash on I-76 near Sterling

STERLING, Colo. — Four people were killed in a crash early Saturday on I-76 near Sterling in northeast Colorado.

Colorado State Patrol spokesman Gary Cutler said the first call about the crash at 12:10 a.m.

There was a jack-knifed semi on the highway about five miles from Sterling at mile marker 130. The trailer was perpendicular to the roadway, blocking the entire eastbound lane.

A Chrysler Pacifica sport wagon from Michigan traveling eastbound collided with trailer of the semi and went under it. Cutler said four people inside that vehicle died.

I-76 was closed in both directions until about 7:20 a.m. when westbound reopened. Eastbound reopened at about 10 a.m.

The two occupants of the truck were uninjured. The State Patrol identified the driver of the semi as Abdihakim Mohamed, 46, from Georgia. The names of the people killed have not been released.

Cutler said a second semi went into a ditch near the scene, but it did not come into contact with the other two vehicles.

There is no suspicion of drugs or alcohol as factors in this crash.

Roads were slick in eastern Colorado from Friday’s storm and Cutler said weather could’ve been a factor in the crash.

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