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Teen drivers land in marsh in high-speed Wisconsin car accident

A group of teenagers is luckily uninjured after crashing their vehicles at high speed into a marsh. The auto accident took place on Arboretum Drive at the University of Wisconsin's Arboretum. Two 16-year-old drivers were involved as well as a 17-year-old passenger.

The university's police say that on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 9, the Jeep Liberty and Chevrolet truck were traveling at speeds up to 80 miles per hour when they became airborne and landed in the marsh. After the crash, a witness saw one of the teens throw a bottle into the water, which was later recovered and found to contain alcohol. However, all of the teens passed a Breathalyzer test. They all managed to escape injury and were released to their parents.

The speed limit in this area is a mere 25 miles per hour, which means the teens were driving well above the speed limit. Witnesses have reported that one car was driving in front of the other, so it doesn't appear they were racing each other although the exact reason for the high speeds remains a mystery. One witness managed to narrowly escape being hit by one of the cars. The area is popular with joggers and walkers.

The two drivers in this case were cited with endangering safety and reckless driving. Any time a person drives recklessly in a recreational area, there is the potential to cause severe injury and even death. Fortunately, the Wisconsin accident did not end on a tragic note. However, similar accidents do occur, and in those cases, drivers could be held liable for damages caused if they are found to be driving recklessly. The victims of such accidents are sometimes entitled to compensation for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses.

Source: The Badger Herald, "Teenagers arrested after crashing car in UW Arboretum," Taylor Murphy, April 11, 2013

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