KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Five children and a sheriff's deputy who ran a group home where they lived were killed Thursday morning when his van collided with a livestock trailer.
Howard Mitchell was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community.
The children who died ranged in age from 4 to 17 and lived in the home for adopted and foster children, said Kiowa County Sheriff's office spokesman Chris Sorensen. Seven other children in the van were hospitalized, as well as the driver of the truck.