EATON, Colo. — An Eaton High School female student was killed after the SUV she was driving was hit by a train on Tuesday night, the Eaton Police Department said.
The collision happened just before 6 p.m. at Fifth Street and Highway 85.
The student, identified as 18-year-old Kennedi Jane Ingram, was the only person inside the SUV when it was hit by the train. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The train was heading southbound and the student was driving westbound on Fifth Avenue at the time of the crash, police said.
A letter was sent to parents and students of Eaton High School after Tuesday’s crash.
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Eaton High School lost a member of our family tonight. Our hearts go out to the family of our student. I cannot begin to tell you how much we are saddened by this news. Our EHS family will be here for each other tonight and throughout the week, as well as counseling staff, members of our ministerial alliance, and North Range Behavioral Health. These resources will be here to help students, staff, and parents as long as we need. I encourage you to reach out for comfort and support during this very difficult time.
“She’s a great athlete, but it’s more than that, she was a great student. Everybody that she met, she had a positive influence on,” superintendent Randy Miller said.
Ingram was a senior and a volleyball player on the school’s state championship team.
One year ago, 16-year-old Dallas Duran was killed by a train at the same intersection.
The crossing does not have any gates. There is a stop sign and a crossing sign to alert drivers.
“Fire trucks were here and it was blocked off,” said Aldoph Mondragon, who saw the first responders Tuesday night. “I feel for that family. I couldn’t sleep.”
Mondragon knows all too well how the Ingram family feels. His grandson has a memorial near where Ingram died after Duran was killed.
“I’ve been told that it’ll get better, as it goes by, but it doesn’t, it stays the same, it stays the same,” Mondragon said.
After two deaths at the same intersection, the community wants to see some improvements.
“We all knew sooner or later it was going to happen again, it was going to happen again,” Mondragon said.