ELYRIA, Ohio - Four teenagers were injured when the car they were driving in hit a cinder block building and caused a gas leak Saturday morning.
Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a car crash on Middle Avenue, north of Butternut Ridge Road, just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
A 2005 white Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling north on Middle Avenue when the driver went over a set of railroad tracks and lost control.
The car struck a ditch, a fence and a cinder block building, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The cinder block building houses gas lines and the crash caused a severe gas leak.
Crews from Columbia Gas Company were on scene Saturday afternoon. Troopers said the gas leak was contained.
At least one business and a couple homes were evacuated while crews worked to shut off the gas. Everyone has since been let back into their buildings or homes.
The 17-year-old driver of the car was flown to MetroHealth Hospital. The car sustained heavy damage.
Three passengers, a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds, were also injured. Two of the passengers were taken to Elyria Memorial Hospital; one was flown to MetroHealth.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate. Troopers believe speed was a factor in this crash.
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