ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Five people died in a fiery rollover crash when a speeding car went off the road in Arapahoe County early Sunday morning.
The small sedan was heading westbound on County Line Road near Monarch Circle when it crashed through a barbed wire fence and landed dozens of feet away among a grove of trees in a shallow embankment.
The car went up in flames. All five of the people who were inside of the vehicle died at the scene.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said an area resident, who did not want to provide his name.
Law enforcement shut down County Line Road at Delbert Road for hours as Colorado State Patrol Troopers investigated.
Troopers marked the area with red evidence flags.
A truck towed what was left of the torched vehicle. It was so badly burned that its make and model could not be determined.
Skid marks left on the pavement led to the bent fence posts where the car drove off the two lane roadway.
“(The car) lost control, went off the north side of the road, rolled, and was engulfed in flames,” said Alisha Danko, a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol.
A resident told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia that young drivers often speed through the rural stretch of road well above the posted limit.
“You get a lot of kids who come out here to go to ‘the third bridge,’ and then they’ll come home and they’ll usually be flying down there like 100, 100+ (miles per hour),” said the anonymous man.
Investigators left behind some signs of what may have contributed to the deadly crash.
Authorities could not say, however, whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the ride that cost five people their lives.
According to the coroner’s office, the victims were of young age.
CSP investigators said that Troopers had not yet been able to identify the victims.