ROOSEVELT — Two Colorado teens were injured Tuesday night after their car went off the road in Uintah County and went airborne.

The Utah Highway Patrol said the 17-year-old driver and her 14-year-old brother, both from Rangely, Colo., were in a 2003 Pontiac sedan driving east on U.S. Highway 40 at about 6:15 p.m. when the crash occurred.

Trooper Dave Swenson said the driver went off the right side of the road and struck a gully, sending the car hurtling through the air. When the car hit the ground it somersaulted end over end before coming to rest. Swenson said neither teen was wearing a seat belt.

Firefighters were called out to extricate the pair from the car. The two teens were taken by ambulance to Ashley Regional Medical Center, and the girl was later flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Swenson did not know the extent of either teens' injuries, and information on their condition was not available Wednesday morning. The trooper did say that the girl and boy were in and out of consciousness and were not responsive to medical personnel at the crash site.

The reason why the driver went off the road remains under investigation.


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