FORT COLLINS = Two adults and five school-age students from South Dakota were seriously injured Monday morning in a crash on Interstate 25 north of Fort Collins.
Authorities say the unidentified male driver reportedly lost control of a 2005 Ford Excursion traveling on I-25 just before 8 a.m. Monday. The SUV was headed northbound when it hit an icy patch of road, drifted into the center median and rolled twice near mile marker 284, about 16 miles south of the Wyoming border.
Three of the vehicle's occupants were ejected, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid said. All seven people suffered serious injuries and were taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for treatment.
The two adults, a man and a women, and five "middle school-age" children are from McLaughlin School District in South Dakota. Officials said Monday afternoon the district superintendent was flying to Colorado.
Alcohol and drugs aren't considered as contributing factors in the crash, Reid said. Investigations are ongoing.
Snow, fog and ice caused multiple crashes Monday morning. Several crashes were reported on a stretch of road between Colorado Highway 1 and the Buckeye exit.
Southbound I-25 was temporarily closed in the area, but was reopened shortly after 9 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol reported.