Two Atholton High School students were thrown from the rear of a station wagon when the driver drove through a stop sign and struck a van in Columbia Tuesday, Howard County police said.
The two boys -- both 16 -- were flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for head injuries after the noon accident in the Hickory Ridge Village.
One boy was treated and released and the other was listed in serious condition, police reported yesterday.
Four other teens in the station wagon and the driver of the van were not seriously injured, police said.
Cpl. Fred Von Briesen, of the Traffic Enforcement Section, said charges were pending against the 16-year-old driver. He said the girl was driving a Volvo east on Audubon Road Tuesday when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a Dodge Caravan heading south on Martin Road.
The two boys, who were not wearing seat belts, had been sitting in the back of the Volvo, facing an open rear hatch, Mr. Von Briesen said.
Rescue officials said the collision threw one boy through a side window and the other out of the open rear of the vehicle.