Franklin crash leaves two teens badly injured

New York State Police photoState police said two teenagers were seriously injured when this truck struck a tree along Walley Road in Franklin.

State Police said a Thursday afternoon crash in Franklin has left two teens in serious condition.

According to a media release, troopers from the Oneonta station were dispatched at 4:31 p.m. to the area of Walley Road in the town of Franklin.

Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska said a 17-year-old licensed male driver was traveling southwest on Walley Road with a 14-year-old passenger when he exited the roadway and struck a tree. 

An investigation revealed that speed was a contributing factor when the driver lost control of the 1996 Chevy pick-up truck on a curve on Walley Road, spun off the roadway and struck the tree, according to the release.

Both occupants were transported by a LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center.

Dembinska said both the driver and the passenger were wearing seat belts, which prevented further serious injury or any kind of ejection from the vehicle. 

Troopers said the accident remains under investigation.  

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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