Child airlifted to hospital, 2 drivers hurt following crash on Highway 94

Child airlifted to hospital, two drivers hurt following crash on Highway 94 (KKTV)
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A child was airlifted to the hospital following a serious crash in the eastern part of El Paso County Saturday morning.

The 7-year-old boy was among the three hurt when two cars collided on Highway 94 near Ellicott Highway just before 9 a.m. The crash involved a Chevy Trax and a Chevy Avalanche.

"Both vehicles were westbound on Highway 94. A slow-moving tractor, an agricultural tractor, was traveling westbound as well. So, the first vehicle, the white Trax, slowed for [the tractor]; the other vehicle did not slow," said Cpl. Ryan Novotny with Colorado State Patrol.

After colliding, both cars ran off the road, the Trax flipping in the process. Both people in the Trax were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by first responders.

"The white Trax was occupied by a 38-year-old female who was transported to Memorial North and a 7-year-old male who was airlifted to Children's Hospital right next to Memorial North. The driver of the Chevy Avalanche was a 26-year-old male, and he was transported by ground to St. Francis," Novotny said.

Drugs, alcohol and speed have been ruled out as factors, but troopers said Saturday inattentiveness may have played a part.

"I think inattentiveness came more into play, being that there was the legal agricultural vehicle going slow and then it just came up on them too quickly," Novotny said.

The driver of the Avalanche has been cited with careless driving causing injury.

None of the injuries are life-threatening, State Patrol said.