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JENNINGS, Mo. — A three-car crash Monday morning in north St. Louis County left multiple teens injured.
According to the St. Louis County Police Department, the crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. in Jennings. A car with two to three teens inside was driving on Hord Avenue near College Avenue when the car crashed into two parked vehicles. All three vehicles caught fire.
The teens ran from the scene of the crash, and officers found them a block over on Oepts Avenue suffering from moderate but not life-threatening injuries, police said.
Initial 911 calls reported shots fired in the area, but officers said they believed people nearby had heard popping sounds coming from the flaming vehicles. Police do not believe there was a shooting victim.
Police were unable to confirm the number of teens involved or their ages.
About two hours after the crash, the scene was completely cleared, but several neighbors told 5 On Your Side what happened was the result of a deeper issue at hand.
Janail Davis has lived on Hord Avenue for almost a decade and said speeding has consistently been a problem.
“We are always sitting on our porch every day just watching everything that’s going up and down this road. I hope they’re OK though, I hope everyone is OK, but this is constant. This is every day, all day, speeding,” she said.
It’s an issue that Davis said she’s had to deal with for several years now.
“There’s no stopping at the stop sign, at all. They just go right passed it. When they’re coming around this curb, they just go right around this curb and keep going,” she said.
That’s why many neighbors, including Davis, want to see the city put more speed bumps along their street.
“That’ll help out a lot because we have a lot of kids that go up and down this road for school down here,” she said.
For Davis though, solutions are necessary, because the people that live next door are much more than just neighbors.
“I would love to see a change because I love my neighborhood. Me and my two sisters, we all live right next door to each other. I love my neighborhood,” she said.
This is a breaking news story. 5 On Your Side will update is as more information becomes available.
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