Two 17-year-old girls have died and a third has serious injuries after the pickup they were in hit a guardrail, went into a ditch and burst into flames in Brooklyn, Connecticut, early Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to the crash on North Society Road on the Brooklyn-Canterbury town line around 12:15 a.m.
Authorities said a Ford F-150 pickup was driving northbound on North Society Road when the driver lost control, left the road, hit a guard rail and continued down a ditch where the vehicle caught fire.
According to police, 17-year-old Brenna Ann Larson, of Grosvenordale, and 17-year-old Shawnna Wojnowski, of Plainfield, were pronounced dead at the scene.
They were both students at Ellis Technical High School in Danielson.
"It is with great sadness that we report that two of our students have tragically passed away. Brenna Ann Larson and Shawnna Wojnowski passed away early this morning in a car accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends. Counseling will be available at Ellis Tech starting Tuesday and will continue as long as necessary," Principal Brian Mignault said in a statement that went to the school community Monday.
Wojnowski’s brothers said investigators believe she was either trapped inside the pickup or knocked unconscious.
“I wish everything wasn’t real, but it is I guess, and it hasn’t sunk in yet and I don’t know if it will sink in,” Brandon Wojnowski said.
The brothers are stunned not only that their little sister is gone, but also by how she died.
“I never got the chance to tell her how much I love her and how much I care for her,” Shawnna Wojnowski’s brother, Dakota Cicarelli, said.
Ashley Adamo, 17, of Pomfret Center, was seriously injured and was transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island, state police added.
It's not clear who was driving the truck.
According to Connecticut State Law, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed behind the wheel between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The state's fire marshal and accident reconstruction team were called to the scene. Police said the investigation could take more than a month.