A 16-year-old girl who had been reported missing from Tennessee was in critical condition after a Knox County crash that also left her 20-year-old passenger critically injured on Thursday.
State police said the teen led them on a chase before crashing into four other vehicles, one of which was a tractor-trailer.
A state trooper heading north on U.S. 25 East in Knox County tried to stop the girl, who was driving a 2000 Mercedes SUV, after she passed him on the shoulder “at a high rate of speed” in the Brimble community at about 3:30 p.m., according to a news release from state police.
The teen, who has not been publicly identified, did not stop. Other troopers joined in pursuit of the SUV, following for several more miles before they stopped the chase in the Gray community because of the speed at which the Mercedes was traveling, according to the release.
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Soon after, state police said they found the vehicle crashed at the intersection of U.S. 25 East and Ky. 3041.
The girl, of Harrogate, Tenn., whose mother had reported her missing Thursday morning, had been thrown from the vehicle and landed in the road.
She and her passenger, John Deaver, 20, also of Harrogate, Tenn., were both taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with critical injuries.
State police said the preliminary investigation shows that the Mercedes had hit three vehicles before colliding head-on with an 18-wheeler in the southbound lane of U.S. 25.
No one else was injured.