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Church-going teenagers crash in Mason County

Three South Kitsap teenagers on their way to church in Mason County on Sunday misjudged a fork in the road and rolled their car into a ditch, injuring all three.

According to Washington State Patrol reports, three 16-year-olds — two boys and a girl — were camping with their parents in the vicinity of Trails End Lake in Mason County over the weekend. The kids left the campsite shortly after 7 a.m. because the driver wanted to go to church and one of his two passengers had to work that morning.

The three were southbound in a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am on Rasor Road when they hit a “Y” near Trails End Drive. State Patrol spokesman Trooper Glen Tyrrell said the driver apparently misjudged the curve and drove straight through the Y without turning. The car went over a six-foot embankment, rolling once before it came to a stop.

Tyrrell said the kids may not have been speeding, perse, but were going far too fast for safety on the unimproved dirt road.

“Certainly too fast to avoid the accident,” he said. “That moment of indecision cost (the driver) a rollover.”

The teenagers were taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The Grand Am was totaled and impounded in Mason County.

Tyrrell said the driver has been cited for speed too fast for the conditions — a common citation in single-car accidents.

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