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Car Unable to Avoid Stopped Pickup Truck; 17-year-old Critically Injured

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Two 17-year-olds were injured — one of them critically — after the car they were in was unable to avoid a pickup truck that had stopped to help someone out of a ditch.

It happened late New Year’s Eve on 36th Street Southeast.  Police say a Ford Taurus with four teenagers inside tried to avoid the pickup, but there was a crash.  A 17-year-old front seat passenger suffered a broken femur, as well as skull and facial fractures, and is listed in critical condition.  A second 17-year-old passenger in the back seat had minor injuries.  The 18-year-old driver and a third passenger were not hurt.

All occupants in the Taurus were wearing seat belts.  Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in this crash.

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