Tuesday morning, Claremont police were dispatched to Elm Street where a single-car collision had taken place shortly after 11:00 AM. Police say that speed is believed to be a factor in the crash where a blue Chevy Cobalt was travelling on Elm Street when it hit a tree on the outside of a left-hand turn, injuring four out of the five occupants in the vehicle.
The driver, 19-year old Travis Franklin Tonini, was uninjured and is currently assisting police in their investigation. Four passengers, who were between 15 and 16 years of age, were all transported to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities.
None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts and the car still had temporary plates, having been recently purchased from a dealership in nearby Newport.
The Claremont Police Department, the Claremont Fire Department, and Golden Cross Ambulance all responded to the scene.