Teens extricated from vehicle after early morning crash

Authorities say speed, alcohol were factors in crash

Teens extricated from vehicle after early morning crash

SPOKANE, Wash. - Emergency crews rescued two teens who were trapped in their vehicle after crashing near the intersection of Palouse Highway and Ellis Street early Wednesday morning.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office saikd two vehicles were involved in the crash Wednesday morning. The vehicle the teens were driving left the roadway before crashing into some trees about 30 feet from the roadway.

Both the teens were pulled from the car and were conscious and alert.

One of the teens suffered a broken arm, but neither sustained any life-threatening injuries.

"Certainly this very easily could have been a much worse situation," Spokane County Sheriff's Sergeant Dave Ellis said.

Spokane County sheriff's deputies say they suspect speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.

"Speeds were too high, you can see that they were trying to make the turn and they over-corrected. When they over-corrected they ended up in these wetlands here," Ellis said.

"Talking to the units they are saying that they expect alcohol is involved," he added.

Even seasoned emergency workers looked at what was left of their vehicle and wondered how both teens survived relatively unscathed.

"When they came off the road they came in backwards and the rear end of the car hit the tree and if they would have came in forward it would have been a different outcome. So they are very, very lucky," Division Chief Tom Hatley with Spokane County Fire District 8 said.

There's no word yet on what charges the teen driver will face.