3 Conn. teens hurt in Mass. car crash
DOUGLAS, Mass. -- Three teenagers have been taken to the hospital after their car stolen in Connecticut crashed in Massachusetts.
Douglas police tell The Telegram & Gazette a 15-year-old boy from Putnam, Conn., driving the car and a 16-year-old male front-seat passenger from Ware, Mass., were ejected when the vehicle crashed at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday. Sixteen-year-old Skyelynn Mathieu of Ware was in the back seat.
Police say the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in Thompson, Conn., just across the state line.
Connecticut police pursued the vehicle to the Massachusetts line before notifying Douglas police. They reported that the car was driving without lights on.
A Douglas officer saw the vehicle speed past at 77 miles per hour. He lost sight of the car, but moments later came across the crashed vehicle. The car crashed through a fence and into the woods before stopping.
“The officer lost sight of it, came around the corner, observed that the vehicle had gone off the roadway, had taken a pole out, a fence and had rolled over,” said Chief Patrick Foley of the Douglas Police Department.
A woman that lives in Douglas saw the aftermath.
“The driver was right here, right on this tree,” said Rachel Hall, the witness.
She said she overheard the boy telling police he was doing 110 MPH when he crashed.
“I don’t know how anyone would have made it through how it looked. It was bad,” said Rachel Hall.
The boy who was most seriously injured was in the passenger seat. He was thrown from the vehicle about 25 feet, landing in driveway.
It took rescue crews 45 minutes to extricate a 17 year old girl from the backseat.
A man at the crash site who didn’t want to give his name said it was his son who was driving and said the boy suffered a collapsed lung, crushed vertebrae and head trauma.
“It’s a hard thing for any parent to go through; he’s in a lot of trouble. Not only stealing a car, taking it across state lines, high speed chase, wrecking the car,” said the man.
Doctors are treating all three of the teens at UMass Medical Center. Two are said to be in serious condition, a third is in critical condition.
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