Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include additional comments.
A Thursday night crash on US 287 killed a Broomfield High School student and injured four other minors, the Lafayette Police Department confirmed Friday.
At 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Lafayette police were called to a collision on US 287 and Dillon Road where the vehicle with five young men collided with a tractor-trailer.
The Lafayette Police Department administrative sergeant. Jeremy Molander said the vehicle was traveling south on US 287 when it collided with the tractor-trailer traveling east on Dillon Road.
Molander said the five miners were taken to hospital, where one of them died. Three remained hospitalized Friday afternoon and one was released.
Alcohol and distracted driving are both considered possible reasons for the crash, Molander said.
Although Lafayette officials could not confirm the identities of the minors, Broomfield High School principal Ginger Ramsey released a statement Friday morning acknowledging the accident and the death of a student.
“It is with deep sadness that I share the news of a tragic car accident last night involving five students from Broomfield High School,” Ramsey wrote. “Although we have few details at this time, we wanted to contact you today as we learn that one of the students has died and two others are in critical condition.
“All our thoughts are with the students involved and their families.”
Ramsey said the BVSD trauma team has been activated and counseling was available Friday afternoon and will be offered again from noon to 2 p.m. Monday.
She emphasized in her statement that members of the high school community should reach out to school officials if they need additional support.
“An incident like this can have very different impacts on different people in our school community, depending in part on the relationship they had with the students, as well as their age and previous experience of death. “
Scott Henkel, former football coach of one of the students involved in the accident, said the mission of the Broomfield community at this time should be to come together and let the families and students involved and affected know that are loved and cared for.
“Hurt is the general feeling, especially as a parent with a child of the same age, something like that grabs you and takes your breath away,” Henkel said. “We all hope and pray for the best for these children. We need to let these families know they are loved and start healing from here.
On the Broomfield Eagles Football Twitter account, a message was posted on Friday, “Our thoughts and love are with our Broomfield High School family.”
The investigation into the accident is continuing.