Two Vehicle Crash in Kiowa County Claims Six Lives

Six of thirteen people traveling in one vehicle were killed this morning in a two vehicle crash near the junction of Highway 297/40, south of Kit Carson.  According to the Colorado State Patrol, their southbound passenger van ran into the rear of a semi truck around 7:30 this morning.  The driver and five children were killed, the remaining passengers, were taken to various hospitals in the area and were believed to be listed in serious condition. 

The identities of those involved in the accident have not been released at this time.  The driver of the semi also suffered serious injuries.  The highway had been closed for most of the day and was reopened to traffic around 2pm.

Earlier today, the Kiowa County RE-1 School District, Eads High School posted this notice on their website:


(Eads, CO) Kiowa County School District RE-2 has learned of a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 7:30 this morning (October 13). While we are awaiting details, it is our understanding that the Mitchell family, with who we are all close, has been affected, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.


Although confirmed information is limited, we have assembled a team of counselors for students and staff members who will be available to anyone who needs to talk about their feelings.


Parents of Eads students are also welcome to contact the school if they need assistance in helping their children work through the sense of loss and grief they may be feeling. Call Superintendent Glenn Smith or Principal Betsy Barnett at 719-438-2218.


Students were provided information about the incident this morning. If you feel a need to pick up your child, please come to the school office and follow the check out procedure so we can ensure your children are safe.


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