4 teens, man seriously injured after stolen car crashes, catches fire

Gainesville police reported vehicle stolen

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A stolen car crashed, then caught fire, injuring five people in Gainesville early Thursday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened at the intersection of Southeast 15th Street and Southeast 14th Terrace.

The car was going southbound on Southeast 15th Street when the driver suddenly drove off the roadway, troopers said.

The car crashed into a tree and then caught fire, troopers said.

The driver and four passengers were transported to UF Health Shands Hospital with serious injuries, according to troopers.

Four of the five occupants were teenagers, including the driver.

FHP said the intersection was shut down for approximately three hours while troopers investigated the crash and removed the car. All lanes were reopened at 8:35 a.m.

During the troopers' investigation, it was discovered the car had been reported as stolen to the Gainesville Police Department, FHP said.

Both investigations are ongoing and charges are pending.