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8th person dies, victims ID’d in two-vehicle crash in in Eastern Colorado

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 14:47:57-04

CHEYENNE, Colo. — Another person involved a fiery two-vehicle crash in Eastern Colorado last week has died, bringing the toll to eight people who were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 40 between Hugo and Kit Carson Friday afternoon, according to a tweet Monday from the Colorado State Patrol.

Authorities also identified the victims in the crash, which involved eight people — four in a Ford F-150 pickup towing a boat and four people in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Their names are as follows:

Ford F-150
Jian Zhong, 45M, from Aurora (driver)
Cathy Zhong, 45F, from Aurora
Myoli Zhong, 9F, from Aurora
Ren Juntan, 53M, from Centennial

Chevy Silverado
Sammy Henry, 59M, from Liberal, KS (driver)
Joshua Henry, 36M, from Sterling
Messiah Henry, unknown age, location
Maki Henry, 8M, unknown location

The crash happened on mile marker 437 a little after 4:30 p.m., according to Master Trooper Gary Cutler.

Cutler said the F-150 was going west on the highway when it passed a semi traveling in the same direction. The pickup was in a passing zone and traveling in the eastbound lanes of the highway when it collided head-on with the Silverado going eastbound.

Shortly after the crash, the Ford became engulfed in flames. The four people inside the Ford were declared dead on the scene, Cutler said.

One of the four people in the Chevrolet was taken by ambulance to a hospital but died before they could be treated. A second person was flown to a hospital, where they died the next day. The two other victims in the Chevrolet were pronounced at the scene.