Teens survive violent crash

EAST WHITELAND TWP., Pa. - November 10, 2008 - The crash happened in East Whiteland Township.

East Whiteland police are still investigating, but it appears to be a case of an inexperienced driver going too fast. In the meantime, this community is letting out a huge sigh of relief.

Police say the five teens were on their way home from part time jobs in Paoli on Saturday night.

They turned onto Flat Road, a long isolated straightaway, and apparently were well above the speed limit when they came to a sharp right turn.

They left the roadway and hit a tree.

All five teens, ages 16 and 17, had to be extracated from the wreckage.

They were taken to three area hospitals with various fractures and other injuries.

The good news is that all five are expected to recover.

They were all wearing seatbelts and the airbags on the car deployed.

Police say that surely saved their lives.

The teens are all juniors at Great Valley High School a mile from the crash scene.

Some of their classmates took advantage of counseling sessions today, and a group held a prayer vigil after school.

The police will be examining the car to determine just how fast it was going at the time.

Skid marks on the road indicate the anti-lock brakes were engaged at least a hundred feet before the curve.

Police say weather was not a factor.

There is no word on how long the teens are likely to be hospitalized. The junior class signed five poster-sized get well cards for them and will be dropping them off at the hospitals.

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