STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -- The Washington State Patrol says a 15-year-old driver caused a three-car crash Monday night on Highway 291 north of Spokane.
Troopers said the driver was apparently was speeding near Big Sandy when he swerved into two oncoming cars. Three teenagers riding in the 15-year-old’s vehicle were airlifted from the scene. The passengers were in serious condition according to troopers.
The drivers of the other two vehicles suffered only minor injures. Troopers said a 35-year-old woman driving a Lexus was treated. Authorities also helped a 51-year-old woman who was driving a Saturn.
People who live near the crash scene said that stretch of Highway 291 can be dangerous for drivers of all ages.
"I've seen people comin' up this 70 probably 80 miles an hour. They really like this straight stretch, because everything else is so windy,” said Krista Bossio.
Authorities told KREM 2 News that the driver blamed for the crash only has an instructional permit. Those permits require an adult to be in the car. However, authorities said only three teenage passengers were in the vehicle.
"The fact that he was so young and he had a lot of friends with him. I know what that's like” said Bossio, “You have to think about everybody else. When I'm driving it's not me I worry about: it's everybody else."
Troopers said the teenage driver could face criminal charges for vehicular assault.