Teen driver badly injured in crash that closed Phoenix street

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An 18-year-old driver is in the hospital after emergency crews extricated him from his mangled car, which was destroyed in a brutal wreck early Thursday morning.

It happened at about 5 a.m. at Thomas Road and 43rd Avenue in west Phoenix. 

Firefighters said the car slammed into a light pole, but it's not clear what happened in the moments leading up to the single-vehicle crash.

The 18-year-old who was trapped behind the wheel suffered extremely serious injuries to his legs, but is expected to survive.

"Crews had to roll the dash of the vehicle back to free his legs," Phoenix Fire Capt. Jake Van Hook explained.  

At last check, the driver, whose name as not been released, was in stable condition.

Eastbound Thomas Road was closed while crews cleared the wreck. The were some early restrictions on the westbound side of Thomas Road, but those were lifted relatively quickly.

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