5 teen girls injured in rollover crash near Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. - Five teen girls were injured when their car left Highway 167 near Tacoma about 3 a.m. Thursday, grazed a pole, uprooted two trees and rolled over on its roof, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Four of the five girls, ages 15 to 17, were treated for minor injuries. A fifth was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Luckily, Brennen Larsen and Brandon Cardin, both longtime friends of all five girls, were in the car directly in front of the crash and were able to help them before police and medics arrived.

"One of the girls was out of the car by the time we got down there," Cardin said. "And then the driver was unconscious, like going in and out of consciousness."

Troopers said the girls were all wearing seat belts, which saved them from more severe injuries.

"One of the girls in the car was screaming that her arm was broken," Cardin said. "I saw the bone sticking out of her arm and she was just crying for help in shock and just in pain."

The driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault. Troopers believe she may have been drinking.

Cardin and Larsen had been drinking with the girls earlier that night, and Larsen said he tried to stop the driver from getting behind the wheel.

"I just know her very well and I know how she is and i could see it in her eyes I just knew," he said.

Cardin said the girls are good people who just made a very bad decision.

"Don't drink and drive," he said. "There's really no point to drinking and driving at all."