The trio of students drove southbound on Six Mile Road on their return trip to Union City from the Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek. At around 11:04 a.m. local time, the teens approached the intersection with N Drive South.
Another driver said he was halfway through his left turn onto N Drive South when the car full of teens slammed into his car. Dave Byrd, 47, said he looked toward the top of the hill and saw only the bottom of the teens’ vehicle as it barreled towards him.
Byrd believes the car was airborne when it struck his vehicle, reports the Battle Creek Enquirer.
After crashing into Byrd’s car, the teens’ car drove off the roadway and rolled over several times into a deep ditch. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the rollover ejected one of the teens and trapped another inside.
The teens were flown by medical helicopter to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. The conditions and identities of the three teens are unknown. Byrd sustained a minor cut on his face during the crash. State troopers believe speed played a role in the wreck.
Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some facts regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014: