BOOTHBAY, Maine — Two teenagers were killed early Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Route 27.
Police responded to a 911 call reporting the crash just before 3:30 a.m. and discovered a 19-year-old from Boothbay and a 17-year-old from Boothbay Harbor deceased at the scene, according to a release from Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
The names and genders of the two victims were not immediately available Wednesday morning.
An investigation indicates the 19-year-old was driving a Ford Explorer north on Route 27 near the intersection of River Road when the driver lost control, causing the SUV to cross the southbound lane and strike several trees before coming to rest.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt, but the 17-year-old passenger was, according to the release.
Deputies continue to investigate whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved. Maker said he expects the names of the victims to be released after positive identification and notification of the family sometime on Wednesday.
Route 27 was closed for about three hours while the investigation was conducted. Members of the Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor and Edgecomb fire departments, as well as the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service also responded to the crash.