Cellphone use ruled out in CO crash that killed 6

KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - October 15, 2011

Patrol Technician Tim Ortiz says troopers found no evidence that 57-year-old Howard Mitchell was using a cellphone when his van carrying 12 children crashed into a cattle trailer Thursday south of Kit Carson.

Ortiz says investigators believe speed will likely be a main factor in the crash.

Mitchell, a Cheyenne County sheriff's deputy, was killed, as were five children between 10 and 17. The State Patrol says none were wearing seatbelts.

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