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Teenage girl, 16, dead as another teenager arrested for dangerous driving

The incident occurred on the A249 at around 6.45pm on Saturday, when a white Toyota Hilux hit a road barrier and overturned.

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A 16-year-old girl has died while another teenager has been arrested for dangerous driving following a car crash near Maidstone.

Kent Police said a third boy, believed to be 15, has also been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.

The incident occurred on the A249 at around 6.45pm on Saturday, when a white Toyota Hilux hit a road barrier and overturned, the force said.

The vehicle had been travelling in the direction of Sittingbourne and collided with the barrier near the junction for Church Hill.

A 16-year-old girl died at the scene and her next of kin have been informed.

A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital with minor injuries, but was later arrested on suspicion of causing by death by dangerous driving and taken into custody, Kent Police said.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Inquiries are being led by the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) and officers are urging drivers with dashcam to check for any important footage.

They also want to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the Toyota in the moments leading up to it.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact SCIU on 01622 798 538, quoting reference RY/HG/021/24, or to email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.