By Rachel Terry
Advocate News Staff
Several teenagers from Pocahontas were injured late Friday night in a single vehicle accident, according to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department. The incident occurred at approximately 11:23 p.m. A black 2010 Ford Fusion, was traveling eastbound on Haller Avenue when the driver lost control trying to negotiate the curve onto Hug Road. The vehicle ran off the roadway to the east and struck a row of trees. The vehicle was a total loss.
Airbag deployment occurred in the front driver and passenger areas. There were a total of six juvenile occupants within the vehicle. Two were air-lifted at the scene of the accident, while two others were eventually air-lifted after being transported to local hospitals. The remaining two juveniles were believed to have minor injuries, but no further details were provided.
The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no valid driver’s license, exceeding passenger limit (three counts), and was given a verbal warning for curfew violation. All victims were also given verbal warnings for curfew violations. The vehicle was towed from the scene.