- The car was heading south on U.S. Highway 287 when it went off the road and overturned several times.
Three University of Wyoming swimmers died in a “devastating” car accident on a Colorado highway.
The students, an 18-year-old woman and two men, aged 21 and 22, died in the incident yesterday afternoon, while two other members of the team suffered injuries.
The car was heading south on U.S. Highway 287, 10 miles from the Wyoming-Colorado border, about 2:44 p.m. when the driver left the road and the vehicle rolled several times, police said. university.
In images taken from the scene of the accident you can see the car badly damaged and lying on its side in a field with fragments scattered on the ground, surrounded by emergency equipment. The wrecked vehicle is also shown being towed on the back of a truck.
Two student athletes were ejected from the vehicle, the colorado reports.
The car was heading south on U.S. Highway 287, 10 miles from the Wyoming-Colorado border, about 2:44 p.m. when the driver left the road and the vehicle rolled several times, police said. university. In the image: the seriously damaged vehicle in a field.
Two members of the Wyoming swim and dive team, ages 20 and 21, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Toyota RAV4, carrying five people, was heading south near Red Mountain Road in Larimer County when it went off the road and overturned, CBS News reports.
The group was not traveling to an official school or sporting event, authorities said.
The highway was closed in both directions for most of the rest of Thursday. An investigation is ongoing.
University of Wyoming President Ed Seides said in a statement: “We are heartbroken at the news of this terrible tragedy for our university, our state, our community of student-athletes and, most importantly, the families and friends of these guys”. Words are insufficient to express our sadness.’
In images taken from the scene of the accident you can see the car lying on its side, with fragments scattered on the ground and surrounded by emergency equipment.
The wrecked vehicle is also shown being towed on the back of a truck.
University of Washington Director of Athletics Tom Burman said: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with our swimming and diving student-athletes, coaches, families and friends.
‘It is difficult to lose members of our University of Wyoming family and we mourn the loss of these student-athletes. We have counseling services available to our student-athletes and coaches in our time of need.’
In September 2001, eight Wyoming track and distance runners were killed in a head-on collision between their Jeep and a pickup truck while returning from a night of team bonding on the same highway where the swimmers died.
The group was returning from team bonding activities in nearby Fort Collins when Wyoming student Clinton Haskins crossed the boundary line drunk and crashed into the team vehicle, according to the Denver Post.
All passengers except the driver, who had no alcohol or drugs in his system, were ejected from the vehicle.