4 teens injured in single-vehicle crash Tuesday night

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CLAY COUNTY - Illinois State Police say four teens were injured in a single-vehicle crash in Clay County Tuesday night.

ISP officials say the crash happened on Mockingbird Road, a quarter-mile southeast of Iola, at about 8:58 p.m.  According to the preliminary investigation into the crash, troopers say a 2002 Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Mockingbird Road when it began to skid on the gravel road.

Authorities say the vehicle left the roadway to the left, and that the driver over-corrected the vehicle, bringing the Jeep back onto the roadway and exiting to the right, leading to the vehicle striking a power pole and breaking it in half before overturning.  Troopers say the driver of the vehicle was thrown into the passenger seat, while the three passengers were thrown from the vehicle.

The driver, a 17-year-old male, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to secure a child, greater than age eight but younger than age 16.  One passenger, an 18-year-old male, was cited for failure to wear a seat belt.

All four teens were taken to hospitals for treatment, with the 18-year-old being airlifted to Barnes Jewish Hospital.

The investigation into this crash is ongoing.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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