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Three people killed in east Colorado Springs two-vehicle crash

Accident happened at Babcock-Galley intersection

Witnesses describe details of triple...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police have confirmed three people died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Galley and Babcock roads.

According to police, a Honda van was traveling north on Babcock at around 9:30 p.m. when it attempted to cross Galley, and was hit broadside by a Jeep traveling east on Galley, at a point where Galley narrows from two lanes to one.

Police said a 73-year-old woman driving the Honda and a 31-year-old Jeep passenger died at the scene, and that the Jeep passenger wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The van passenger, police said, was 76 years old and died later at a hospital, while the Jeep driver is in serious but stable condition.

Police said they don't consider alcohol or speeding as factors in the crash.

However, Lisa Hepner, a witness to the crash, said she was traveling behind the Jeep before it struck the van.

"The jeep was driving erratically for blocks prior," she wrote in a Facebook message to KRDO NewsChannel 13.  "It was (weaving) in and out of traffic and almost rear-ended a car in a turning lane.  We backed off and let him go.  Then, he almost rear-ended a car in front of him.  He was going excessively fast."

Hepner said after the collision, she and two other witnesses stopped to help one of two elderly people in the van.

"They were a husband and wife married over 40 years," she said.  "They were almost home.  We tried to keep the man conscious until paramedics arrived.  We held his hand and talked to him."

Hepner said she and the other witnesses told police what they saw.

Witnesses said they didn't hear tires squealing to indicate either driver braked to avoid the crash.

"I heard a real loud thump," said Clint Steppler, the closest neighbor to the crash scene.  "In the 30 years I've been here, there have been quite a few accidents at that intersection.  No deaths, though, until now."

Steppler believes the narrowing of eastbound lanes in the area may have contributed to the accident.

The names of the four victims hadn't been released as of late Friday morning.

The intersection remained closed until 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Police continue to investigate the accident, and are trying to speak with other witnesses.

No one has been charged. 

KRDO NewsChannel 13 will provide more details as they become available.

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