Two teenagers and a 12-year-old died early Sunday morning when the car they were riding in slammed into a tree on the Hinckley Road in Clinton.
The driver and another passenger survived the crash and are being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland for injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The car struck an icy patch on the road, went into an uncontrolled skid and hit the large tree on the passenger’s side of the 2007 Toyota Corolla, McCausland said Sunday afternoon.
Thomas Porfirio, 15; Emily Baker, 14; and her sister, 12-year-old Ashlin Baker, were killed in the crash. They were found dead inside the car by first responders who arrived at the crash site.
The injured teens, who were also found by first responders inside the car, are Nevaeh Wilson, 12, of Clinton and the driver, a 16-year-old boy from Clinton. His name is being withheld as investigators and the district attorney’s office review the crash investigation, McCausland said. The cause of the crash was likely driver inexperience and speed, he said. The boy did not have a driver’s license.
The crash was reported at 7:16 a.m. by another driver, and a team of state troopers joined crews from the Clinton Police Department and Clinton Fire Department at the scene. The crash took place on a straight section of the Hinckley Road, near the intersection of the True Road, according to McCausland.