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Johnson County, Indiana — November 5, 2013

Police say a teenager was hospitalized with critical injuries Tuesday following a five-car crash in the Whiteland area.

According to officers with the New Whiteland Police Department, an unidentified motorist was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup truck as it traveled south along U.S. Route 31. As the driver approached Tracy Road, around 3:35 p.m., he was hit from behind by a Mazda S3.

Investigators say the impact forced the Chevrolet into the intersection, where it struck an eastbound Chevrolet sport-utility vehicle and a Mazda pickup truck. The S3, meanwhile, made contact with a westbound Jeep Cherokee SUV, before coming to rest on the lawn of a nearby residence.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported three teenage occupants of the S3 to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the teens, Michael Williams, was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of critical injuries.The other two teens are reportedly sisters.

According to Michael’s father, he has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, but remains in a medically induced coma.

Meanwhile, four occupants of the Chevrolet SUV were evaluated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for those 15 to 20.

UPDATE: The driver has been identified as 17-year-old Greenwood resident Brianna Greene. Brianna was also hospitalized and later released.

Her sister, Brooke Greene, 15, was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash and remains in the hospital.

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