An early Friday morning wreck hospitalized five teenagers after the car they were in crashed into a utility pole and caught on fire near Mt. Juliet.
The single-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Mt. Juliet Road and Stewarts Ferry Pike totaled the car and trapped some of the teens. A bystander rescued some of the teens before flames engulfed the car.
That bystander was Conner DiBenedetto who said that he came up on the wreck just minutes after it happened where he pulled three people out of the car, one of whom was unconscious.
“I give it all back to God, for it was his grace that was the hero,” DiBenedetto said.
According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency director Joey Cooper, the car was fully involved in fire at about 1 a.m. when firefighters arrived.
WEMA paramedics took two teens to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with what was described as moderate injuries, and one teen had multiple unknown injuries. Paramedics also took two teens to TriStar Summit Medical Center with minor, non-life threatening injuries, Cooper said.
Their names and conditions were unavailable due to their ages.
Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers led the investigation into the crash, which remained under investigation. Mt. Juliet police and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. workers also went to the scene.