New Bedford car accident injures 7; street racing reportedly to blame

A Massachusetts car accident is being blamed on street racing after at least seven people were seriously injured on Route 18, South Coast Today reported.

A woman was trapped in her Volkswagen Jetta on Route 18 near the Purchase Street ramp after she was slammed into by one of two racing vehicles. The New Bedford car accident was caused by a race between a Honda Accord and a Honda Civic, according to authorities. Two toddlers were seated in the back of the Honda Accord.

One of the children was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital while the other child was flown to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

The racing cars were being driven by two teenagers, ages 17 and 18. An 18-year-old female passenger of one of the speeding cars was ejected from the vehicle and was listed in fair condition at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

The accident was so severe that the engine of one of the vehicles was ejected from the car. The wreckage forced the closure of southbound Route 18 for several hours. Both drivers are being cited with numerous traffic violations, including speeding, marked lane violations and racing.

In addition to the Volkswagen, a fourth car was damaged when it was struck by flying debris.

The Boston Herald reported that at least seven people were injured, six of them seriously.

As we reported earlier this spring on our Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, teens are at increased risk of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident through the summer months.

Fatal traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Please take a moment and talk to your teen about the dangers and help ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for you and your family.

If you have been injured in a Boston car accident or an accident elsewhere in Massachusetts, contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.

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