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Five Teens Dead After Crash in Colorado’s Eastern Plains

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A tragic accident in Prowers County has claimed the lives of five teenagers.

A sport utility vehicle carrying the kids collided with a semi-truck hauling a boat on Sept. 8, according to local news reports. Four of the teens were killed, while a fifth died two days later. All of the teenagers were between the ages of 15 and 16, local police officials said.

The SUV ran a stop sign before colliding with the truck, according to reports. The two people in the semi-truck were also injured.

Darrell Lingk, the director of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation Safety, said in a prepared statement that the crash is “a heartbreaking reminder of how precious life is.”

“Our hearts are with the entire Prowers community,” Lingk said.

CDOT also reminded teenagers and parents of the specific laws on the books meant to keep younger, inexperienced drivers and their passengers safe. 

That includes requiring all drivers and passengers to buckle up before hitting the road, as well as a ban on using cell phones while driving for motorists under the age of 18. State law also limits drivers under the age of 21 from having anyone else under the age of 21 in a car for the first six months of driving and allows only one other person under 21 for the next six months.

More than 400 people have died in car accidents across Colorado this year, DCOT said. Roughly 30 of those were teens.

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