5 injured, including 3 children, in La Junta high-speed race

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Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling for Merisa Maldonado. The error has been corrected.

LA JUNTA, Colo. — Colorado State Patrol is investigating after a high-speed race between two drivers ended in a crash. One of the cars involved had three children inside.

It happened Saturday around 4:30 p.m. about half a mile south of Highway 50.

Troopers say a pickup truck and van were racing side by side on Otero County Road 27.

The pickup truck, driven by a 17-year-old boy from La Junta, drifted off the right side of the road into a ditch and rolled two times. The driver was wearing his seat belt and sustained minor injuries.

The van, driven by 20-year-old Merisa Maldonado also from La Junta, swerved to avoid the truck and rolled into a ditch. Maldonado was wearing her seat belt and sustained moderate injuries.

In the van were three other passengers – a one-year-old, two-year-old and 12-year-old. The one and two-year-old boys were secured in car seats and the 12-year-old girl was wearing a seat belt. They all sustained sustained minor injuries.

Al injured were transported to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Troopers say alcohol is not suspected as a factor in this crash.


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