Fifth teenager involved in Prowers County crash passes away


UPDATE: A 15-year-old boy who spent the past week battling for his life at a UCHealth hospital in Colorado Springs has died.

UCHealth released the following statement on behalf of the teenager’s family:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts and great sorrow that we share our beloved son, Braden, died today from injuries he suffered in a tragic accident on September 8. We truly appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from our community, friends and even strangers. Please keep all of the families who are suffering from the loss of their children in your thoughts and prayers. Please also pray for our school community.”

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The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

UPDATE: FOX21 has received more information regarding the car crash in Prowers County that left four teenagers dead.

According to CSP, a Ford Explorer, occupied by five teenagers, was heading southbound on Highway 287 when it made a left turn in front of a northbound semi-truck and was struck. Four of the five occupants of the Explorer were killed.

A 15-year-old male passenger was flown to a hospital in Colorado Springs where he remains, at last report, in stable condition.

The 25-year-old driver of the semi-truck has been released from the hospital. The co-driver, who was in the sleeper berth, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

No drugs or alcohol are suspected as the cause of the crash.

The highway opened back up completely at 5:50 Thursday morning.

ORIGINAL: PROWERS COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has confirmed that four teenagers were killed and three other people were injured after a car crash Wednesday night.

According to CSP, the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Prowers County Road 196 and Highway 287 when a semi-truck and a car carrying five teenagers collided.

The victims include:

  • a 16-year-old male
  • a 14-year-old female
  • a 15-year-old male
  • a 16-year-old male

A 15-year-old male is currently at a hospital undergoing surgery.

The semi-truck’s driver and passenger, a 50-year-old and a 25-year-old, were taken to a hospital.

In a Facebook post, the Wiley School District announced that school will be closed Thursday, Sept. 9. Counselors will be available throughout the day.

CSP is expected to release more information about the crash. FOX21 will update as more information becomes available.

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