3 teens injured after car crashes into tree, splits in half

SHELBY COUNTY, Ohio — Three teens were injured after the car they were driving in crashed into multiple trees, splitting the car in half and ejecting the teens from the vehicle, investigators said.

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Three people, all age 17, were taken to the hospital after the crash Sunday night around 5:30 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff's Office Deputy Warren Melerine said.


The car was traveling northbound when the driver overcorrected and swerved to miss a car traveling southbound at the crest of the hill on Wright Puthoff Road near Fort Loramie, lost control and went off the west side of the roadway, said Melerine. The driver then struck three trees before the car split in half, ejecting all three teens.

One male front-seat passenger was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, and the male driver and female rear passenger were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, Melerine said. The severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The three teens were not believed to be wearing seat belts, and weather may have played a factor in the crash.

This crash is under investigation by Shelby County deputies.