NEW INFO: Three Croatan High School students seriously injured in Wednesday crash

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Counselors are at Croatan High School today after three students were seriously injured in a vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the Carteret County School System says all three victims attend the high school and are being treated at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Cedarwood Drive in Carteret County.

A 16-year-old boy was driving, while two 14-year-old girls were passengers.

Troopers say the SUV was "exceeding a safe speed" when the teen driver lost control as the vehicle slid sideways, crossed the centerline, and overturned on its side--crashing into the woods.

The vehicle ended up wrapped around a pine tree, according to the Highway Patrol.

The gravel road is in the Croatan National Forest, north of Peletier and troopers say speed is believed to be a contributing factor

A witness says he came upon the crash, saw the car smoking and heard people screaming.

All three teens, who haven't been identified, had serious injuries.


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Three teenagers were seriously injured after their vehicle slammed into a tree this afternoon and ended up on its side.

The Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 4:00 p.m. on Cedarwood Drive in Carteret County.

The dirt road is in the Croatan National Forest, north of Peletier.

A witness says he came upon the crash, saw the car smoking and heard people screaming.

Troopers have not yet released the names of those involved nor the extent of their injuries.