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15-year-old boy ejected from truck in Johnston County wreck

Posted December 28, 2016

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— A 15-year-old boy was ejected from a pickup truck Tuesday night when the teenage driver ran a stop sign and crashed into a ditch in Johnston County, according to authorities.

The Ford pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old boy had four other teenage boys inside when the driver ran the stop sign around 8:30 p.m. in the Cleveland community. The driver lost control of the truck and hit a ditch off the left side of the road before going airborne and rolling over in a field.

The 15-year-old who was ejected was injured but is expected to recover, authorities said. The other teens were discharged from Wake Med overnight.

Troopers said some of the boys weren't wearing seatbelts.

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  • Stacie Hagwood Dec 28, 6:46 p.m.
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    I strongly suspect this 16yo was driving outside his license limitations. My kids were not allowed to drive other kids, or ride with other kids until they were 18. NUMBER ONE reason for teen car crashes are other teens in the car.

  • Donald Holder Dec 28, 4:09 p.m.
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    My truck has 6 seatbelts.

  • John Smith Dec 28, 3:34 p.m.
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    Actually, depending on configuration (super cab, crew cab, bucket seat/bench) there could be as many as six.

  • Edward Anderson Dec 28, 2:30 p.m.
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    "...some of the boys weren't wearing seatbelts"....yeah, driver plus 4 passengers...are there *any* pickup trucks that are equipped with 5 seatbelts?