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State Patrol: 3 teens injured in crash when driver 'looked down at cellphone'

At least two of the teens were taken to HCMC with life-threatening injuries.

Three teens were injured, at least two of them critically, in a crash the State Patrol says was caused by distracted driving.

According to the State Patrol's crash report, a 17-year-old driver was with two 17-year-old passengers in a GMC Sierra that was eastbound on Hwy. 7 around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday in Carver County. The driver "looked down at a cellphone" and veered into the center of the roadway, sideswiping a tow truck at County Road 155 in Watertown Township.

The GMC struck a vehicle the tow truck was hauling on westbound Hwy. 7, causing the towed vehicle to be detached from the truck bed. The vehicle the three teens were in then collided with a semi, causing their vehicle "to spin out, to return to full compact with the semi."

The passengers in the GMC – a 17-year-old boy from Delano and a 17-year-old girl from Montrose – suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. 

The 17-year-old driver suffered unknown injuries and was also taken to HCMC.

A 44-year-old man from Lester Prairie was driving the semi. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The driver of the tow truck, a 27-year-old Ham Lake man, also suffered minor injuries and did not require medical care at a hospital. 

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