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Five Maryland high school students injured in crash after school

Five students were leaving their Maryland high school parking lot in a Honda Civic when a Mack truck smashed into their vehicle. The students were near Route 99 and St. Johns Lane in Elliot City leaving school after dismissal. The car accident left one in critical condition and four others hospitalized.

The 18-year-old driver of the car was in critical condition after the accident. The four passengers in the accident were between the ages of 15 and 17 and were transported to Howard County General Hospital. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All four were treated and released from the hospital on the same evening of the accident. Police said it is unclear if any of the teens were wearing seat belts or if the driver was driving recklessly, though they believe the driver did not stop at a stop sign when leaving the parking lot.

According to local police, a Mack truck struck the Honda Civic driven by the student. They believe the car carrying the teens moved into the truck's path when it pulled out of the parking lot. The driver of the Mack truck, a 43-year-old man from Sykesville, was not injured. It is unclear whether there was any negligence involved in the accident, though police have not filed charged against the driver and do not believe he was speeding.

Young drivers just learning the rules of the road are notoriously more prone to be involved in vehicle accidents. They may be distracted by their friends or by a mobile phone, and inexperienced drivers often make quick, unwise decisions leading to accidents. At times such accidents are a result of the young person's negligence and can open the door to lawsuits from those injured.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Five students injured, one critically, after crash outside Mt. Hebron High School," Luke Lavoie and Sara Toth, Jan. 4, 2013


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