WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Grief counselors will be available in Woodland Park this week after the deaths of three boy scouts and an adult leader.
The four were heading home in a small SUV from a boy scout camp near Yellowstone National Park when they crashed near Thermopolis, Wyo., on Saturday.
Investigators are trying to determine why the troop leader crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an oncoming RV.
Other scouts witnessed the accident and jumped out to help.
“I turned to my friend, I told him ‘Jump out, we’re helping out now’ and I threw the car into park,” Boy Scout Devin Herman, 16, told CBS4.
In addition to his scout training, Herman has first responder training from an Aurora medical team.
“I just held Nick’s head so his head wasn’t moving around because that could cause more damage,” Herman said.
Scout spokesman Jeff Hartman said the scouts’ training helped them overcome some very difficult moments.
“I’m going to tell them that we were faced with a really tough situation and this is a terrible tragedy and there’s nothing good about it, but our guys responded the way we hoped they would,” Hartman said.
Paul Kekich, 16, Nick Naples, 17, Alex Ragan, 17 and Richard Kleiner, 64, all died. In addition to those four, a 3-year-old boy in the RV also died.
Grief counselors are available Monday and Tuesday to those who need it at Woodland Park High School. All three of the teens killed attended Woodland Park.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these high school students who tragically lost their lives,” said Woodland Park School District Superintendent Jed Bowman.
The Boy Scouts of America- Pikes Peak Council released this statement Sunday evening, “Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America are saddened to receive news that three Scouts and one adult leader from Troop 230 in Woodland Park died in a car accident on their way home from Buffalo Bill Cody Scout Camp in Wyoming. The Council is working to provide support to all those involved, and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them during this difficult time.”
The other four occupants of the motor home were injured in the crash around 10 a.m. Saturday in Hot Springs County, but their conditions were not immediately available.