MEDWAY – A head-on collision Friday night sent three local teenagers to the hospital — two by medical helicopter — with serious injuries.
Police received multiple 911 calls around 9:45 p.m. reporting that two vehicles had struck head-on near 170 Holliston St., just south of the intersection with Fairway Lane, police stated in a press release.
Responding officers found two girls, ages 17 and 18, in one car, and a 16-year-old boy in a second car. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.
The names of the teenagers were not released at press time, but Police Chief Allen Tingley said he believes the girls are from Medway, and the boy is from Holliston.
Firefighters and police officers from Medway, Holliston, Millis and Franklin used several sets of hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped teens, police said.
The drivers were taken by helicopter to the trauma center at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The male driver was critically injured, while the female driver had serious injuries.
“The boy appeared to be pretty badly injured,” Fire Chief Paul Trufant said. “We were working on both cars at the same time with two groups of firefighters.”
The female passenger was taken by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
“It was a unique situation for us because we had three separate scenes to tend to,” Tingley said. “We had people trapped in two separate vehicles, and then the scene at the middle school for the helicopters’ landing zone, so it stretched our manpower.”
Paramedics from Events EMS also responded to the scene with ambulances equipped with Advanced Life Support, Trufant said.
Initial investigations showed that the male teenager was driving northbound on Holliston Street when he crossed the center line and struck the southbound vehicle nearly head-on, police said.
A third vehicle, driven by the 18-year-old brother of the male driver, was also involved in the crash, but he was not injured, police said.
“Preliminary investigation shows that (the 16-year-old driver) was trying to pass his brother, and he crossed the centerline and hit the girls,” Tingley said.
John Garvey, 22, of Medway was killed in a car accident on the same stretch of Holliston Street in early April. His passenger, 22-year-old William Choate, also of Medway, was seriously injured.
Medway police and fire and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit were on the scene until 2:30 a.m. investigating the crash, Trufant said.
Holliston Fire Department covered Medway’s station during the investigation, which is ongoing, according to the police report. Police did not say whether speed was also a factor.