Two others in the vehicle, including the driver, survived the accident, said Maine State Police in a news release.
The victims have been identified as Thomas Porfirio, 15; Emily Baker, 14; and her 12-year-old younger sister Ashland. They were found dead inside the vehicle when first responders arrived on the scene, the release said. A GoFundMe page for the sisters says the younger girl’s name is Ashlin.
The driver was identified as a 16-year-old boy who didn’t have a license, said authorities.
Officials said the cause of the crash was “likely to be driver inexperience and speed.” Their 2007 Toyota Corolla hit an icy patch in the road and went into an “uncontrolled skid” before crashing into a tree, said police.
Police have not said whether the driver will face any charges related to the case. The driver’s name is being withheld as investigators and the local district attorney’s office review the crash, according to state police.
The crash was reported after 7 a.m. by another driver on Hinckley Road in Clinton, Maine, the news release said.
GoFundMe pages were set up for the three victims. “No parent should ever weigh this burden on their shoulders,” said a page for Porfirio. The mother of the two sisters “became a single mother to two daughters and one son a lil over a year ago when her husband passed away,” the other page read.
“A small town like this. I was curious as to who was involved. And it’s just sad. Very sad,” local man Jay Gould told local media.
Officials didn’t offer any more details about the incident.