Police say a 16-year-old boy crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision with a van carrying seven people, including five children, Monday afternoon on Highway 2 in Skykomish.
Eight people in total were injured in the incident, which occurred about 13 miles east of Skykomish. The driver of the minivan was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The two adults in the van were sent to an Everett hospital, while five children in the van were all sent to a hospital in Monroe.
Washington State Patrol says the ages of the children were 9, 6, a pair of 3-year-olds and a 1 year old. The extent of their injuries is not known.
The police report says that neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected in the crash. The incident is still under investigation.
Accidents Involving Teenagers
Teenagers are the most at-risk group for car crash fatalities. In fact, there was a spike in teen-involved crashes in 2016.
Teens were involved in 14,000 fatal crashes during the last five years, with nearly one-third involving speeding, according to a 2016 study by the AAA automobile club. The number of people killed in those crashes jumped to 4,689, from 4,272 in 2014, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association funded by Ford Motor Company.
Teens are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults, according to the report. Nearly two-thirds of the people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen are people other than the teen.
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