78-Year-old woman, teen seriously injured in Phoenix crash

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- A 78-year-old woman and a teenage girl were seriously injured in a car crash in North Phoenix Wednesday night.

Police said the 17-year-old girl was pulling out of Thunderbird High School around 8:30 p.m. when her two-door BMW was struck by a Chevrolet Blazer traveling on Thunderbird Road. Police said the Blazer ran a red light.

Santillan said the driver's side of the BMW had an approximately 2-foot intrusion, and the teen had to be extricated. She was transported to a local trauma center with serious injuries.

The woman driving the Blazer was able to get out of the vehicle on her own but was also transported to a local trauma center with serious injuries, Santillan said.

According to witness Daniel Melton, the teen is a student at the high school and was leaving a swimming competition.

"I first went to go check on the old lady, and I opened the door for her because she had smoke in her truck," Melton said. "She wasn't really moving too much. I asked her a few questions and she answered correctly, and she seemed fine at the time but she was just inhaling too much smoke."

Both the woman and teen are expected to be OK.