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3 car passengers and bear killed after crashing into one another on highway

By Mason White 5:43 PM October 2, 2017
Bear walking on road (illustration)
Bear walking on road (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) Three people have died and four others were injured after an SUV collided with a bear on a highway, according to police in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol said that the incident unfolded on Friday, at around 3:30 a.m., on Interstate 70, near Rifle.

According to the police investigation, none of the passengers were wearing seat belts when the 2007 Chevy SUV collided with the bear.

They were ejected from the vehicle following the collision.

7-year-old Kimberly Hernandez, 63-year-old Eugenio Hernandez Altamirano, and 15-year-old Brizeyda Hernandez, died as a result of the collision.

The bear was declared dead at the scene.

Additionally, a 9-year-old boy, a 62-year-old woman, a 36-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman were injured.

Police said that drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash.