REDDING, Conn. — Redding officials were releasing few details about what they called a "very serious car accident on Route 107" that occurred Friday.
The one-car crash occurred at 5:45 p.m, and all of the occupants were hospitalized, the News-Time said.
A Jeep Liberty lost control, struck a tree and caught fire, according to News12 Connecticut. Six unidentified teens — from Redding, Easton and Fairfield — were hospitalized with serious to critical injuries, News12 said.
The road was closed near Umpawaug Road for six hours after the crash, according to the News-Times website.
Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton said the town's selectmen were notified of the "very serious car accident" on the Georgetown side of Redding and received updates from Redding Chief of Police Douglas Fuchs.
"The accident is under investigation," Pemberton said in a Facebook post. "More than that we cannot officially say at this time. What information can be released will come from Chief Fuchs at the appropriate time."
She urged residents to "refrain from speculation on social media."
"In our closely knit communities many of you will have personal knowledge of those involved," she said. "Let's focus our energy on thoughts and prayers for the individuals involved in the accident and their families. Keep those prayers going!”
Pemberton also thanked the first responders "who worked quickly to provide care to those in need." She cited the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, Redding Fire & EMS Company #1, West Redding Volunteer Fire Department and the Redding Police Department.
Superintendent of Schools Thomas McMorran said the Joel Barlow High School faculty will have a special meeting Monday to comfort students, according to the News-Times.
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