Authorities identify 7 killed in Colorado crash
Aspen, CO Colorado
JOHNSTOWN, Colo. ” The Larimer County coroner’s office says all seven people killed in a fiery SUV crash in northern Colorado were from Alberta, Canada.
The victims were identified as Jacob Rempel Sr., 42, of Vauxhall, Alberta; his wife, Susana Rempel, 40; and their son, Jacob Rempel Jr., 16.
Also killed were Jacob Rempel Sr.’s sister-in-law, Susana Rempel, 30, of Willingdon, Alberta; and her two sons, Johan Rempel, 3, and Heinrich Rempel, 1.
The other victim was family friend John Dick, 33, of Taber, Alberta.
The SUV they were in veered into the median on Interstate 25 near Johnstown, 40 miles north of Denver, at about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday. It plunged off the overpass, sailing about 40 or 50 feet before hitting a concrete embankment and bursting into flames, Colorado State Trooper Gilbert Mares said.
All seven occupants died at the scene.
Carol Woelfle, a cashier at the Johnson’s Corner restaurant near the crash site, said she saw the smoldering SUV on her way to work Thursday.
“It was awfully tragic,” she told the Greeley Tribune.
Mares said one of the males was driving the 1992 Chevrolet Suburban when it crashed. The SUV was registered in Alberta.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation Friday. However, weather has been ruled out as a contributing factor, the coroner’s office said in a release.
Larimer County Deputy Coroner Debbie Reisdorff said autopsies began Friday morning but no results were expected before Friday afternoon.
Next of kin in Alberta have been notified by the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, authorities said.
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