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3 die in crash at 120th and Colorado Boulevard in Thornton

The crash early Saturday involved five vehicles and happened when one of them ran the red light, police said.

THORNTON, Colo. — Three people died in a multi-vehicle crash early Saturday at East 120th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, according to the Thornton Police Department (TPD).

Five vehicles were involved in the crash at 1:30 a.m., said a police spokesman. There were no other serious injuries, the spokesman said.

TPD said a Subaru Forester was speeding west on 120th Avenue while another vehicle, described by police as a suburban, was southbound on Colorado Boulevard.

As of Tuesday, investigators were still looking into which vehicle ran a red light. TPD said they collided in the intersection and crashed into three other vehicles that were waiting at the red light on eastbound 120th. The suburban caught fire, which was put out by the Thornton Fire Department, police said.

The drivers of both vehicles were killed, as well as the only passenger in the suburban, TPD said.

TPD said investigators do not think street racing was a contributing factor in the crash.

TPD said that the Adams County Coroner's Office would release the names of the victims. The coroner's office hadn't responded to a request for information as of Tuesday afternoon.

A family member of the two victims in the suburban identified them as Brett Chapman and his 7-year-old son, Blaine. The family set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses and for Chapman's surviving 9-year-old daughter.

Credit: Photo Courtesy of Alisa Longstreth
Brett Chapman, left, and Blaine Chapman.

The intersection was closed for more than six hours for the investigation and reopened about 7:45 a.m.

"The Thornton Police Department takes the safety of our community and the motoring public very seriously," TPD said in a release. "Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy and our thoughts are with the families whose loved ones were killed in this crash."

Anyone with information about the crash can contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Credit: KUSA

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