Local authorities are investigating the cause of a car crash in Howell Township Monday that hospitalized two teenagers.

Deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Oak Grove Road, south of Allen Road, for a two-vehicle injury crash at about 1:45pm yesterday. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Scion TC was traveling north on Oak Grove Road when it left the roadway. As the vehicle re-entered the roadway, the driver lost control and crossed over the center line into the path of a 2008 Chevy Impala traveling south.

Following the crash, both of the Scion’s occupants were taken to U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. The driver of the Scion, an 18-year-old Howell resident, is listed in stable condition. The vehicle’s passenger, a 17-year-old Howell resident, is listed in critical condition. The driver of the Chevy Impala, a 19-year-old Howell resident, was treated and released at the scene.

The roadway was closed down for approximately three hours as a result of the incident. Authorities believe speed is a factor in the crash, while the use of alcohol and drugs remains under investigation. Deputies at the scene were assisted by personnel from the Howell Fire Department and Livingston County EMS. (DK)