Teens hurt in Belfast car crash ‘on their way to getting better’

Posted May 17, 2010, at 3:13 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The three Belfast Area High School teenagers who were injured Friday night in a car crash appear to be on the mend, according to the school principal.

Two 17-year-old boys have internal injuries but are “well on their way to getting better” at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, principal Butch Arthers said Monday.

A 16-year-old was more severely hurt but is stabilized at EMMC.

“Doctors and his parents are optimistic about his recovery,” Arthers said. “Obviously, Friday night and Saturday we were fearing the worst.”

The victims’ names are not being released because all are under age 18.

The three were riding in a 2002 Daewoo on Back Searsport Road when the car left the road and they struck a tree, said Detective Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Two of the boys reported they saw another vehicle swerve into their lane as they crested a hill, Cunningham said.

The accident, which was reconstructed by a Maine State Police accident reconstruction team later that night, is under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor but speed may have been, according to the detective.

The Belfast EMS crew was quick to respond, and the parents of the most severely injured teen believe the crew’s actions may have saved his life, Arthers said.

“Whatever they did was quite heroic, apparently,” Arthers said. “They’re very grateful. The doctors told them they got perfect care.”

The principal was able to visit the hospital and talk with two of the boys.

“They were in very good spirits,” Arthers said.

Other high school students also visited their injured friends over the weekend, he said, adding that there was a lot of concern Monday at the high school.

Some of that was assuaged Monday morning when Arthers read a message to the student body about the accident.

The parents wanted to remind the students to wear their seat belts, because taking that action helped to save their sons, Arthers said, and they also asked the young drivers to be very careful behind the wheel.

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