LONGMONT, Colo. — A 16-year-old boy from Longmont died after a crash involving a semi-truck on Colorado 66 Wednesday night, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said.
The teen was driving a Hyundai Elantra heading eastbound on Colorado 66 near Pace Street when he entered into oncoming traffic to pass another vehicle and hit the westbound semi head-on just after 7:30 p.m. The Elantra then went down an embankment.
The teen was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt, investigators said. The identity of the teen has not been released.
The semi driver, a 60-year-old man from Imperial, Nebraska, was not injured.
Excessive speed on the part of the teen is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash, according to CSP.
The crash caused an oil spill, according to Colorado Department of Transportation, closing the road until 3:45 a.m. Thursday.