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A teen was critically injured and another teen and an adult were seriously injured when the stolen vehicle they were in crashed into a tree Saturday night, Fitchburg police reported.

The crash happened at about 9 p.m. in the 2200 block of Rosenberry Road, when the vehicle, stolen in Madison, left the road and slammed into a tree head-on, Sgt. Andrew McCarthy said in a statement.

Officers found the 16-year-old driver unconscious with serious injuries, and the Fitchburg Fire Department extricated him from the car. He is listed in critical condition, McCarthy said.

A short time later, a 14-year-old passenger was located at his nearby residence with serious facial injuries sustained in the crash, McCarthy said.

Nearly 30 minutes after the crash was reported, a 21-year-old passenger was found about two blocks from the scene, lying in a parking lot with possibly broken legs, McCarthy said.

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A fourth passenger, a 16-year-old male, was also located Saturday seeking medical treatment for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, Sgt. Ryan Michels said.

Michels said the names of the passengers could not be released Sunday.

The State Patrol assisted with the crash investigation, which is ongoing, McCarthy said.

Charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent will be followed up on eventually, Michels said.

“We have to get them the medical care they need first before we get on with our end of things,” he said.

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