BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An 18-year-old man is dead as the result of an early morning crash on Main Street near Benwood and E. Depew avenues in Buffalo.

On Wednesday, Buffalo police identified the man as Jerel Buchanan of Buffalo. He was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

First responders went there Monday around 5:15 a.m. Buffalo police say a vehicle with five people inside struck a pole before rolling over. They were all males between the ages of 17 and 19.

The four who survived were taken to ECMC via ambulance. Three of them have been receiving treatment in the hospital’s intensive care unit, while the fourth has been in the emergency room.

As of Wednesday, police say a 19-year-old male is listed in critical condition, two 18-year-old males are listed in critical condition, and a 17-year-old male is listed in good condition.

Two fire companies responded, but were gone by 6:30 a.m. and police remained at the scene for hours. They’re looking into what led to the crash.

Main Street between Depew Avenue and Amherst Street remained closed for hours, reopening around 12:53 p.m., Buffalo police announced.

“Whenever there’s an accident it’s tragic, especially when there is a loss of life and more when there’s young people involved,” said Buffalo common council president Darius Pridgen.

Buffalo police are still investigating the crash.

News 4 spoke to officials with AAA who say teen drivers are most at risk behind the wheel. They’re urging parents to educate young drivers to prevent them from becoming another statistic.

“Young teen drivers 16 to 19 years-old, are sometimes the riskiest ones out on the road because they don’t have the experience older drivers have,” said AAA spokesperson Elizabeth Carey. “If you look at the age group, they’re three times as likely to be killed in a crash than an older driver. Fatal crashes are the number one cause of death for kids this age.”

“Statistics show the more teenagers you have in a car at once, the accident rates tend to go up,” said AAA driving manager Mike Formanowicz.

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