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6 teens injured in alcohol-related crash in Stearns County

The 17-year-old driver had consumed alcohol before the crash, authorities say.

Six teenagers riding in a pickup were injured when the driver lost control and slammed into a tree. 

According to the Stearns Count Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 11:20 p.m. Saturday at 400th Street and 215th Avenue in Krain Township, which is about 25 miles northwest of St. Cloud. 

A 2010 black Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 17-year-old boy from Avon was headed west on 400th Street when he failed to make the curve and crashed into a large tree head-on, the sheriff's report says. 

The passengers in the truck included two 18-teen-year-old men, a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl all from Albany, and a 15-year-old boy from Avon. 

Authorities believe three of the teens in the vehicle had seat belts on, while three others did not. 

One of the 18-year-old men was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities and the 17 year old from Albany was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital before being airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. 

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Both victims airlifted were in critical but stable condition on Monday, the sheriff's release says. 

The driver and three other passengers were treated at St. Cloud Hospital for their injuries and released. 

A preliminary breath test of the driver revealed that he had consumed alcohol prior to the crash, and a warrant was obtained to get a blood sample from him. The blood will be tested further by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

Charges will be considered by the Stearns County Attorney's Office.

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