Police say teen seriously hurt after car crashes into tree is 'doing much better’

Police say teen seriously hurt after car crashes into tree is 'doing much better’
Five teenagers were hurt, one seriously, after their car hit a utility pole and then a tree in Westwood, Mass. on Oct. 10, 2020. (Derek Miller)

WESTWOOD, Mass. — Five teenagers were hurt, one seriously, in a car crash on Saturday in Westwood, according to Westwood Police. But thankfully police said on Sunday morning that, after speaking with the parent of the teenager most seriously hurt, they are “doing much better and great considering.”

Police said a second teen was also admitted to the hospital with less visible, but serious injuries. They said they were told both teens “should ultimately recover and be OK.”

The crash happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Westwood police and fire departments responded to the area of Pond Street and Martingale Lane after a 911 call reporting a single car crash.

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A preliminary investigation reveals that the car crossed the center line, struck a curb, flew in the air and crashed into a utility pole, striking the pole in half, police said. Then, the car continued off the road and the front end of it struck a tree.

Miraculously, four of the teenagers who wore seatbelts suffered only minor injuries, police said. One of the teenagers in the backseat who was not wearing a seatbelt was seriously hurt.

All five of them were treated at area hospitals, police said.

Officials are investigating the crash.

Superintendent of Westwood Public Schools Emily Parks wrote a letter to WPS families saying, “We are relieved to hear today that the prognosis for their recovery is good. I know that the entire WPS community will keep these students and their families in our hearts and prayers.”

Parks thanked the first responders in Westwood for “taking care of our community.”

If any student needs support, Parks said they can contact the Westwood school counseling staff or community partners at Westwood Youth and Family Services at (781) 320-1006.