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Early morning crash injures two teens


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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Two teens were injured after rolling their vehicle down an embankment this morning while fleeing from state police.

Trooper John Meyers attempted to stop a vehicle that he saw driving erratically southbound on Interstate 65 at about 6:30 a.m. According to police reports, the vehicle was was speeding up, slowing down and swerving onto the emergency strip. When he turned on his lights to stop the car it sped away.

The car left I-65 at the 64 mile marker, and attempted to turn right, westbound on State Road 58. The car was unable to make the turn due to excessive speed and it slid across the highway, rolling down an embankment onto its top.

The driver, a 13 year old female reported as a runaway from Indianapolis, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital with what is believed to be non- life threatening injuries. The passenger, a 17 year old male also reported as a runaway from Indianapolis, was flown by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

Police believe the car was stolen from the Indianapolis area earlier this morning. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and EMS/Rescue.

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