NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Four teens were injured in a serious two-car crash on Clarksburg Road in the Town of North Collins early Sunday morning.
A stop sign had been added to the roadway to try and slow down speeders, but early Sunday morning, the young driver failed to negotiate a curve and slammed into a parked semi.
"If you don't know the area, and you come around the corner, you just keep going straight and you can up coming down the road here," said one neighbor.
Around 2 a.m., Jim Hatfield says, "I heard the crash and was only half awake. But then I heard the fire sirens."
The 2002 Ford Focus carrying four teenagers had crashed into a parked tractor trailer, and moments late, both burst into flames.
"It took us a good 30 to 45 minutes to get it out," said one EMT, who asked not to be identified.
The teens in the car Ryan Stebbins, 16, of Blasdell; Lauren Evlla, 17, of Orchard Park; and Erik Carrubba, 17, of Hamburg were lucky to escape with their lives, according to the EMT. The driver of the car is not named because he has been granted youthful offender status.
"We were messing with a fully-engulfed vehicle fire. I'm surprised they even got out like they did and they didn't have even more severe injuries," he said.
Three of the teens were taken to ECMC and are listed in stable condition. Carrubba was taken to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital where he was treated and released. The EMT says they were lost at the time of the crash.
He said, "They were lost at the time, trying to find their way back to Orchard Park. I mean, Orchard Park isn't even anywhere close to North Collins."
Neighbors say they see speeders all the time, and they hope this will be a wake up call to slow down.
Hatfield said, "They all drive too fast. They go by my house all the time; they're all going too fast."
Crews hauled away the parked semi Sunday night. The Erie County Sheriff's Office says charges against the driver, who was behind the wheel, are pending. Deputies are awaiting the outcome of toxicology reports and their investigation.
The homeowner, who didn't want to go on camera, hopes more signs go up in the future to warn drivers about the curve in the road.
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