WESTERLY — Four teens were injured, at least one seriously, when the 2014 Honda CR-V they were in struck and split a utility pole on Potter Hill Road early this morning. The 16-year-old driver did not have a license, Westerly Police Chief Edward W. St. Clair said.
Four rescue vehicles carrying personnel from Westerly and Ashaway were called to the scene to deal with the injured juveniles, two girls and two boys.
Westerly police and firefighters worked at the scene while the teens were loaded into ambulances as fast as emergency medical technicians could rescue them from the wreckage. Three of the injured were treated and released from the Westerly Hospital and the fourth, the driver, was transported to Hasbro.
The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. at the S-curve on Potter Hill Road near Autumn Lane.
The male driver hit the utility pole head on, requiring officials to call National Grid. Westerly Fire Chief John Mackay said there was concern that an electrical or telephone wire might fall onto the roadway and pose a hazardous situation for drivers and onlookers.
Neighbors who had been awakened by the noise, initially came out to check on those injured, but as emergency personnel arrived they were asked to move away from the pole with the low hanging wires.
Police are investigating the circumstances in which the teens were in possession of the vehicle, which was not owned by anyone in the vehicle, St. Clair said.
— A.J. Algier