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Two teenage girls were killed and another suffered major injuries when a car went off a road north of Indio at about 90 mph, hit a tree and overturned in a crash blamed on driver intoxication, authorities said Monday.

The two dead girls were passengers in the vehicle while the apparently drunken 17-year-old driver survived with major injuries but was expected to be arrested.

The crash was discovered at 5:15 a.m. Sunday on eastbound Dillon Road west of Berdoo Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer S. Zatarain.

The 17-year-old girl was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima at 80-90 mph while intoxicated and veered to the right off the road into the open desert area, Zatarain said. The car crashed into a tree, then overturned in the air, causing the front seat passenger to be ejected and causing the right rear seat passenger to suffer chest trauma before it landed back on its wheels.

The two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, the officer said.

The Riverside County coroner’s office identified them as Valerie Castellanos and Jade Torres, both 17 and Indio residents.

The 17-year-old girl driving the car was taken by paramedics to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries and was subject to arrest, Zatarain said.

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