LINCOLN COUNTY - Colorado State Patrol says the deaths of four people along I-70 near Limon over the weekend could have been prevented, had everyone been wearing their seat belts.
There were a total of eight people in the SUV when it flipped, including children. The four people who died were adults in their 20s and late 30s.
All eight of the people in the SUV are from out of state. Half were from Missouri, the other half were from Mississippi. It's unclear what forced them to lose control of the SUV. The survivors are recovering at hospitals in Denver.
When the vehicle flipped outside Arriba it rolled three times, ejecting all eight of its passengers.
"In any crash. The forces exhumed on the human body are tremendous. We're talking hundreds and hundreds of pounds of force when a body gets ejected from a vehicle," said Cpl. Heather Cobler with Colorado State Patrol.
For someone who responds to crashes for a living, Cpl. Heather Cobler has seen it all.
"I'd like to say it surprises me that no one was wearing their seat belt. However, seven years of crash investigation has taught me that over half of the crashes we cover are fatal because the people aren't wearing their seat belts," Cpl. Cobler said.
Cobler says it's startling that people still don't listen. And they still don't understand that you have a 50 percent more chance of surviving by wearing a seat belt, according to Colorado State Patrol.
"You stand a much better chance of getting out of your vehicle if you're wearing a seat belt," Cobler said.
It's unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Colorado State Patrol wasn't immediately sure why the eight people were visiting Colorado. They were heading westbound on I-70.
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