Three teenagers were injured — one suffered a broken back — after the SUV in which they were riding went off a road near Yacolt late Friday night and overturned, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred about 10 p.m. when a 2006 GMC Yukon driven by a 16-year-old boy went off the road and into the yard of a house at 22006 N.E. W H Garner Road, said CCSO Sgt. Randon Walker.
One of the three passengers, a 15-year-old boy, suffered a broken back when he was ejected from the Yukon and the SUV rolled over onto him, Walker said. The boy had not been wearing a seat belt, Walker said.
Another boy and a girl passenger, both 15, remained in the vehicle but were also injured.
The three were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center. Walker said the boy with the broken back has an optimistic prognosis but was transported to OHSU Hospital in Portland for precautionary monitoring. The other 15-year-old boy and girl were treated and released.
The 16-year-old driver did not appear to be injured and declined medical treatment. He was driven home by his parents, Walker said.
The names of the teens would not released because they are juveniles, Walker said.
Walker said the driver was in compliance with his license, and he said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. He said the wreck is being examined by the CCSO traffic unit to check for the possibility that distracted driving or speed played a role.