SHENANDOAH, Texas Four College Park High School football players were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash on the I-45 service road Tuesday morning.
Shenandoah police said the teens were headed to practice around 6:30 a.m. when they crashed in the 18000 block of the northbound service road.
Witnesses said the teens SUV was speeding when the driver tried to pass a car in the far left lane of the service road. After passing the vehicle, witnesses said the SUV immediately cut back into the inside lane, overcorrected, hit a concrete median and rolled over at least three times.
An 18-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to Memorial Hermann in serious condition.
The driver, 17, and the two other passengers were taken to the hospital via ground ambulance and were expected to recover.
Police said excessive speed and reckless driving were key factors in the crash.
The driver, who police said recently received his license, was cited for violating occupant restrictions. State law says drivers under 18 cannot operate a vehicle with more than one passenger (family members excluded) under the age of 21.
Shenandoah Police Chief John R. Chancellor said the accident serves as a reminder to young drivers to be extremely cautious with the new school year beginning.
Every new school year, we see dangerous and often tragic accidents such as these. Many times it is the result of young, inexperienced drivers exceeding their abilities and showing off for friends. These accidents are senseless, preventable, and give credence to the graduated license system passed by the Texas legislature, Chancellor said.
The identities of the teens involved in the crash were not released.