RALEIGH — A car full of teenagers crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an SUV on Norwood Road at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the State Highway Patrol.
Just before the crash, a 16-year-old driver was westbound with four juvenile passengers in a 2002 Acura vehicle, said Trooper Beckley Vaughan. The car swerved off the road to the right near an intersection with Ray Road, then came back onto the road and crossed the center of the two-lane road, striking the 2005 Toyota SUV head-on, according to the patrol.
Three teenagers were ejected from the Acura, and several of the four adults in the Toyota were injured. In all, eight of the nine people involved in the crash were hospitalized, Vaughan said.
The highway patrol reported no life-threatening injuries, but some of those involved apparently suffered broken bones. The injured were taken to area hospitals, including WakeMed, Rex and Duke, Vaughan said.
The identities of the drivers and passengers was not immediately available Thursday night. The teenage driver's speed may have played a part in the crash, Vaughan said.