Two teens hospitalized, one with serious injuries after crash

Students, 16 and 17, were on their way to first day of classes at MRHS

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on September 6, 2012
A single car rolled over on Route 326 in Valleyfield this morning. Two teens have been sent to hospital.
Guardian photo

MONTAGUE — A 17-year-old female was seriously injured in a single car crash this morning on the Valleyfield Road near Montague, says Kings District RCMP.

The teen, a passenger in a 2005 Honda Civic driven by a 16-year-old female, was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

The Jaws of Life was needed to get the passenger out of the vehicle. Police said the car lost control on a straight stretch of highway, crossed the road and went into the ditch on the other side. The car apparently rolled over before striking a utility pole on the passenger side of the vehicle.

The 16-year-old driver was taken to Kings County Memorial Hospital with undetermined but non life threatening injuries said police.

The two teens were on their way to Montague Regional High School for the first day of classes.

Kings RCMP Const. Thane MacEachern said it is a mystery what happened. Light rain was falling but the crash happened on a straight stretch of road and the tires on the car were in good condition.

The utility pole was snapped on impact and Maritime Electric was called to the scene.

It appears that both teens were wearing seat belts. Police said driver inexperience may have been a factor or it could have been a moment of inattention.