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Teen driver crosses center line, causes devastating crash

The car accident in today's source article occurred southeast of Lawrence, Kansas and involved three people. The wreck happened early Sunday evening on Sept. 3, when two cars were traveling in opposite directions on East 2200 Road. One of the drivers was 18 years old, and for some reason he drove his car across the center line. This led to a head-on collision with the other vehicle, being driven by a 19-year-old who had his 60-year-old father in the car as a passenger.

All three people in the wreck needed to be hospitalized after the crash. However, the 19-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and had to be airlifted to University of Kansas hospital. All three people were wearing their seat belts thankfully -- otherwise this crash could have been even worse. 

The road was closed for an extended period as crews cleaned up the scene and scoured it for evidence. The police are investigating the crash to try to determine why the 18-year-old suddenly left his side of the road and entered oncoming traffic.

Sadly, accident like this happen everyday. The circumstances that are noteworthy here are the teenage drivers and the seemingly unexplained change in lanes by the 18-year-old.

Teenage drivers are inherently more at risk for causing or being involved in accidents than other drivers because they have less experience on the road. This isn't an excuse for poor behavior out on the road, but it is a reason why some accidents with teenage drivers occur.

Source: LJ World, "3 injured, 1 critically, in 2-car accident in Eudora," Sept. 3, 2017

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