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5-year-old boy dies in crash Wednesday near South Academy, I-25

South Academy/I-25 ramp crash
Posted at 11:08 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 13:37:01-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A 5-year-old boy died following a three-vehicle crash that shut down southbound lanes of I-25 at South Academy Wednesday night, according to the Fountain Police Department.

Fountain officers and other agencies responded to the crash around 6:50 p.m. after a truck turning onto South Academy from the I-25 off-ramp hit an SUV heading west on South Academy. The SUV ran a red light and the crash caused it turn spin, hit a sign and go into on-coming traffic where it hit another vehicle.

Three people in the SUV were ejected: a 3-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy and a woman who in the front seat. Police said the children, the woman and a man, who was driving the SUV, were not using car seats or seat belts at the time of the crash.

The 5-year-old boy died at the scene and the three other passengers were taken to the hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries, according to the department.

Those in the truck were taken to the hospital with no life-threatening injuries. The department said they believe drugs are a factor in this crash.

This crash investigation is still active and the police department is asking for anyone with information or witnessed this crash to contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at (719) 390-5555. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-7867.