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Former state wrestling champion killed in Franklin County crash

State police say a former student of Dirigo High School, 19-year-old Griffyn Smith, was killed in the one-car crash. (Sun Journal)

WELD (WGME) -- A teenager has died, and two high school students are injured, after a violent crash left a car smashed up.

Police say it happened late Thursday night on a rural road near Mount Blue State Park in Franklin County.

The accident happened on the West Side Road in Weld. Police say the car came up over a hill when the driver lost control and ended up hitting a tree.

State police say a former student of Dirigo High School, 19-year-old Griffyn Smith, was killed in the one-car crash.

Police say two current Dirigo students were injured, including the driver, 18-year-old Ethyn Buotte and a 17-year-old girl, whose name is not being released.

Police say both are being treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers say the car went out of control at 11:30 Thursday night, hit a tree and flipped over.

They say excessive speed appears to be the likely cause of the crash.

The speed limit on this road is 35 miles an hour. People in town say they see drivers going too fast on this road at all hours of the day and night.

Our partners at the Bangor Daily News say Griffyn Smith was a four-time state wrestling champion for Dirigo.

The superintendent says extra counselors are on hand to help students cope with the tragedy.

The accident remains under investigation. State Police have also consulted with the District Attorney's Office to see if charges may be warranted.

We are in the middle of what experts call "the 100 deadliest days" for teen drivers.

According to AAA, speed, distraction and nighttime driving are major factors.

Officials say in 2016, more than 1,000 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a teen driver. That's an average of 10 people per day.

As school gets out, officials urge parents to talk with their children about being safe on the roads.

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