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Collision with Gas Tanker Kills Five Teens In Texas

On the same day as an car accident took the lives of six teens in Ohio, another crash involving a tanker truck in Texas resulted in the death of five teens.

On Sunday afternoon, an SUV slammed into a gas tanker, sending both vehicles up in flames. The teens inside the SUV were all killed, and the truck driver suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the SUV, 16-year-old Paul Stipe failed to stop at a stop sign, causing the truck to smash into the SUV’s passenger side. Paul, along with his four passengers, ages 15 to 17, all died at the scene of the accident.

Hours earlier and nearly 1,400 miles away, in Warren, Ohio, six teenagers were killed when an SUV struck a guard rail and flipped into a pond.

They were among eight teens who had crammed into the Honda Passport, which was later reported stolen. It was built to seat no more than five. None of the dead had been wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

The crash, along with the one in Warren, Ohio, the same day, highlight that motor vehicle wrecks continue to be the No. 1 killer of youths in the United States.

Such auto accidents took the lives of about a quarter of the 15- to 24-year-olds who died in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC also found that compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.

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Source: CNN, “Teen Tragedy: Five die in fiery collision with tanker truck in Texas,” March 12, 2013.

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