Four Seriously Hurt When Car Strikes Tree

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Two MedFlight helicopters were needed to airlift two injured people to Boston.  Two others in the vehicle were taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

SOUTH HARWICH — Four teenagers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when their car struck a tree on Chatham Road Monday afternoon.

The crash happened at around 2:15 p.m. just north of the intersection of County Road. The four-door Nissan hatchback came to rest in the southbound lane, and police closed the road for the rescue and a subsequent accident investigation.

The driver was a 16-year-old male from Harwich and the passengers were 16- and 15-year-old boys, both from Brewster, and a 19-year old female from Eastham. Two of the injured people were rushed by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital; two others were taken to the football field at Cape Tech, where two Boston MedFlight helicopters airlifted them to Massachusetts General Hospital. All four victims were alive as of press time, but their specific conditions could not be obtained.

Peter Barnard-Christakis was at home when the crash happened in front of his property.

“I felt the whole house shake,” he said.

The regional police accident reconstruction team is investigating, and it is not clear whether the driver would face charges; police have not yet been able to interview him, Harwich Police Sgt. Aram Goshgarian said. Officials at the scene said the vehicle was clearly traveling at a high rate of speed.