A 16-year-old girl died and three other teenagers were seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 190 in Leominster Thursday evening, State Police said.
Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash at 7:10 p.m., and Leominster firefighters extricated three of the victims who were trapped in or under the vehicle, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.
Procopio said a preliminary investigation indicates that a 2001 Ford Mustang was traveling northbound in the right lane, and as it approached other vehicles that were ahead of it, the driver moved into the left lane and lost control. The Mustang spun as it went off the right side of the road, then down an embankment, and into the wood line, he said.
A 16-year-old girl from Ayer died in the crash. An 18-year-old boy from Shirley, who is believed to have been driving, and two other passengers — a 16-year-old girl from Shirley and an 18-year-old boy from Bolton — suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals, Procopio said.
State Police units cleared the scene shortly after 9:30 p.m., he said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, with excessive speed being examined as a possible factor, he said.