4 teens seriously injured in rollover crash


by 3TV

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 7:15 PM

PHOENIX -- The northbound ramp from State Route 51 to eastbound Loop 101 was closed Monday afternoon for a rollover crash.

One vehicle rolled onto its roof. There were five people under the age of 18 in the car, according to Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, four of the people in the car had serious injuries. The driver was a 17-year-old male. A 15-year-old female was unconscious on the scene. There were also two 14-year-old females in the vehicle. The age of the fifth person in the vehicle is not available.

The most seriously hurt person has a head injury.

The driver does not have a driver's license and the vehicle does not belong to him, according to DPS.

DPS also said all of the occupants in the vehicle were drunk, except for the driver.

Investigators said speed was likely a factor in the crash. The vehicle hit the wall and then bounced off the other wall and then blew out a tire and flipped over.

All five people were transported to two different hospitals -- John C. Lincoln North Mountain and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The ramp was reopened at about 4:30 p.m.