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Family of five killed in Colorado crash

THORNTON, Colo. (Reuters) - A family of five was killed in a Denver suburb when a speeding sports utility vehicle struck a raised median, went airborne and crushed their pickup truck, authorities said on Friday.

Witnesses saw a woman behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition SUV driving erratically at high speed on Thursday night, when she clipped another vehicle and smashed into the median, said Matt Barnes, spokesman for the Thornton, Colo. police.

When it hit the median, the SUV went airborne and landed on the family's truck, killing the two adults and three children inside, he said.

The names of the dead have not yet been released.

"It was a devastating scene," said Monica Bronucio-Jordan, an Adams County, Colo. coroner who said it took hours for emergency crews to extract the bodies from the wreckage.

The driver of the SUV, whose name also was not released, remained hospitalized along with her two young passengers.

After hitting the pickup, the SUV slid on its side across a parking lot and crashed into a mattress store, damaging the building, Barnes said. Someone inside the store was injured by flying glass, he said.

The SUV driver has not been interviewed but investigators want to know if drugs, alcohol or some medical condition caused her to lose control, Barnes said.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Ellen Wulfhorst)

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