Five teens suffered severe injuries after their car crashed in Glen Burnie.
The teens were traveling southbound on Solley Road near Chestnut Springs around midnight Tuesday when the car slid off the roadway, according to Glen Burnie police. The car then struck a tree directly on the passenger door, police said.
The back seat passengers were not wearing seat belts, investigators said.
The 16-year-old boy who was driving the car and a 15-year-old girl sitting in the back seat sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, police said. Two back seat passengers, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, sustained critical injuries and were airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore as well.
The front seat passenger, a 17-year-old male, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, police said.
Investigators believe the cause of the crash was excessive speeds, although damp roadways may also be a contributing factor. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Passengers and drivers are 75 percent less likely to be killed in a crash if they are buckled up, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
Since Oct. 1, 2013, Maryland requires everyone in a car to wear seat belts. However, not wearing a back seat seat belt is only a secondary offense.