Six teenagers were injured early Friday morning when a car they were driving crashed into a tree, police said.
Five of the teens are 15, and one of them - the driver- was taken to Highland Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The remaining teen is 13. The five passengers are expected to survive and are being treated at other East Bay hospitals.
Alameda police said they began receiving several 911 calls about a car crash in the 800 block of Island Drive at 1:36 a.m. Officers found a sedan had smashed into a tree.
Police investigators will be looking into whether alcohol or drugs played a role in this crash. Preliminary information given to officers indicates the car belongs to one of the passenger's parents and was used without permission, police said in a statement.
Neighbor Jessica Burnn, 18, said she heard the car tires screeching and sounds from the crash.
" I heard screaming and crying," she said. "It's pretty upsetting. With all the commotion...I knew it was pretty serious. Young people need to be careful driving."