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Two teens hospitalized after car slams into power pole near Lynden

A car containing three 17-year-old boys slammed into a power pole near Lynden on Saturday, March 28, sending two of the teenagers to the hospital.

Per Wolfisberg, 17, was driving a Ford Mustang northbound on Berthusen Road near Birch Bay-Lynden Road around 6:25 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car and it struck a power pole on the passenger side, according to the Washington State Patrol. Wolfisberg, a soccer and football player at Lynden High School, refused treatment at the scene.

The two passengers — Nathan P. Groen of Lynden and Gary B. Haagsma of Custer — were transported to St. Joseph hospital, where they were treated and released. One of the teens was trapped inside and had to be extricated, according to the Lynden Fire Department.

The Mustang was totaled, the State Patrol said. All three teens had seat belts on. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor.

The State Patrol said the cause of the crash was speed. Charges are under investigation.

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