7 Teens Injured, 4 Critically, After Car Launches Off Utah Road and Lands in Tree

Seven teenagers were injured when the vehicle they were in flew off state Route 39 in Weber County, Utah, and into some trees early Thursday, officials said.

Four of the teens were critically injured in the crash; the other three sufferer non-life-threatening injuries. (Credit: KSL)

Four of the teens were critically injured in the crash; the other three sufferer non-life-threatening injuries. (Credit: KSL)

The driver was trying to navigate a right-hand curve on the winding road just south of the Monte Cristo Campground when the vehicle rolled off the road, according to Sgt. Mark Horton of the Weber County Sheriff's Office.

The car ended up suspended in a tree and at least one occupant was ejected, according to Salt Lake City television station KSL. One teen was able to get out of the car and crawled up to the roadway to get cellphone service and report the incident, Horton said.

Everyone inside the vehicle was 14 to 17 years old. Two of them were riding in the car's trunk at the time of the crash, according to sheriff's Lt. Matt Jensen.

Four of the teens were flown to hospitals in critical condition. Three others were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash. The car was traveling about 70 mph on a 40 mph road, according to Horton.