Ironically, on the final day of Teen Driver Safety Week, a truck crowded with seven teenagers crashed into a tree near Vernonia, Ore., sending three to the hospital.
A 16-year-old girl was driving a Ford F250 around a curve on Highway 47 when she lost control, over-corrected, left the road and crashed sideways into a tree. Medics rushed the driver and two passengers to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver and three passengers wore seat belts, but three others did not. One of them was lying across the laps of three backseat passengers.
Six of the seven vehicle occupants were age 16, and the other was 17.
The crash serves as a prime example of what teens should avoid, since it matched several of the key factors often seen in crashes involving beginning drivers: one-car accident, late at night, hit a pole or tree, teenage passengers, two-lane road, no seatbelt. Read the MyCentralOregon.com story.