By LINDA MESSMER
A four-car pile-up about a half mile east of Northview High School about 3:25 p.m. yesterday resulted in two teenagers being injured. According to investigating officer Sgt. Rob Gambill, six cars were eastbound on SR 340.
When the first car stopped to make a left hand turn the second car, driver unknown, and third vehicle, driven by Adam Justice, 16, both were able to stop, also. However, Ryan Vinzant, 17, was unable to stop his Chevrolet pick-up and rear ended Justice.
Following Vinzant was Brittney Moran, 17, who ran into Vinzant's truck. Douglas Porter, 18, then struck Moran's Mitsubishi.
Justice's pick-up received moderate damage. Vinzant's and Porter's vehicles had major damage, while it appeared that Moran's car was totaled.
Porter, Justice and their passengers received no apparent injuries. Vinzant, who was not wearing a seatbelt, had his neck snapped back and his head broke out the rear window of his truck. He was transported by Athens Ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital where he was treated for neck injuries and released.
Moran was also taken to the hospital with complaints of pain in her neck and knee. X-rays apparently showed no fractures. She was treated for strained neck muscles and released.
Gambill said Moran was wearing a seatbelt and the car's air bags deployed. "That's probably why she did not receive more serious injuries," Gambill said.
While the incident is still under investigation, it is believed that following too closely was the cause for the pile-up.