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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Severe crash north of Deer Park leaves 2 teens in hospital

A crash near Deer Park on Sunday left a 17- and 16-year-old in the hospital with severe injuries.  (Courtesy)

Two teens are in the hospital with severe injuries after a crash on Sunday possibly caused by speed and impaired driving, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A 16-year-old driver was believed to be speeding down North Short Road in Deer Park with a 17-year-old passenger while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the sheriff’s office said. The driver also has a restricted driver’s license that requires a passenger at least 20 years old to be in the car.

The sheriff’s office said the driver lost control of the car and hit a utility pole, causing the car to roll and crash into a fence, a parked car and a tree.

The impact also sent a large rock into the garage of a nearby home.

Both teens were extracted from the car by the fire department and sent to the hospital with severe injuries, though none were life-threatening. The driver has not been charged but may face charges, the sheriff’s office said.