State Police say three girls were seriously injured this morning when the car they were in slammed into trees and overturned on the Hanscom Road in Benton.

According to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Steve McCausland, the combination of speed and alcohol are the likely cause of the crash. Being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor are the two passengers – Brooklyn Vining, 15, and Jodie Nadeau, 20, both from Fairfield.  Both have multiple injuries with Vining the most seriously injured, McCausland said.  Both were flown to the hospital by a Lifeflight helicopter.

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According to McCausland, the driver, Sadie MacDonald of Waterville, 19, was being treated at MaineGeneral in Waterville, also for multiple injuries.

Trooper Rick Moody said MacDonald, who has a suspended driver’s license, lost control of the 1997 Lexus at a high rate of speed and the car became airborne, struck several trees and landed on its roof, pinning the three girls inside.

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McCausland said the crash took place about 10:30AM this morning (March 22).  Moody said he will await the results of blood alcohol tests and consult with the district attorney’s office before deciding what charges to lodge against MacDonald, McCausland said.