CHEYENNE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — UPDATE (June 29): An eighth person involved in a head-on crash Friday has died, Colorado State Patrol announced Monday.
The victims have been identified as follows:
Jian Zhong, 45, male, from Aurora, CO (driver)
Cathy Zhong, 45, female, Aurora, CO
Myoli Zhong, 9, female, Aurora, CO
Ren Juntan, 53, male, Centennial, CO
2001 Chevy Silverado:
Sammy Henry, 59, male, Liberal, KS (driver)
Joshua Henry, 36, male, Sterling, CO
Messiah Henry, unknown, male, unknown location
Maki Henry, 8, male, unknown location
According to CSP the crash remains under investigation.
ORIGINAL (June 26): Seven people were killed in a head-on crash Friday afternoon on Colorado’s eastern Plains.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. near mile marker 437 of U.S. Highway 40. The location is between Hugo and Kit Carson.
CSP said a white Ford F-150 towing a boat was traveling westbound on Highway 40. While in a legal passing zone, its driver moved into the eastbound lanes to try to pass a semi.
Meanwhile, a green Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound.
“The Ford did not move back to the westbound lanes and collided head-on with the Chevrolet,” CSP said in a press release.
Shortly after the crash, the Ford became engulfed in flames. Four of its passengers died. CSP did not say if there were any other occupants.
There were four people inside the Chevy. Two died at the scene, one died while being taken to a hospital via ambulance and one was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
None of those involved have been identified.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway 40 is closed in both directions between Limon and Kit Carson. The alternate route is Colorado Highway 59 through the town of Seibert, which is along Interstate 70.The highway will be closed until at least 11 p.m.