UPDATED 4:45 pm: The two females who died in a single-vehicle crash overnight were teenagers aged 14 and 15, ACT Policing has confirmed this afternoon.
They were found deceased in the vehicle when police arrived on the scene at 8:10 am this morning.
Initial investigations have indicated the girls were not alone in the Toyota sedan, which police believe left the roadway, crashed through temporary fencing and then collided with a tree.
Two teenagers who may have been in the vehicle and were known to the girls were found in their residences a short time later.
Both have received medical attention and are currently assisting investigators from the Major Collision Team with their inquiries.
Police said they still do not know the time of the incident but it is believed to have occurred in the hours before emergency services were notified by a passerby.
The Monaro Highway has reopened to motorists.
Anyone who witnessed the car leave the road or who drove past the collision site and saw the vehicle prior to 8 am today is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Quote P2107669.
2 pm: Two females are dead after a single-vehicle crash on the Monaro Highway early this morning.
The northbound lanes remain closed with traffic being diverted along Mugga Lane.
It’s expected the road will remain shut for several hours.
Emergency services were called to the scene at Hume around 8 am this morning (9 October).
It’s believed the car they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a tree.
Detective Acting Inspector Brian Tadic said police are investigating how the crash occurred but said speed and wet weather could have been factors.
“The car has sustained extensive damage to the point where it is unrecognisable,” he said.
Police could not make out the make of the vehicle.
The two deaths bring the Territory’s road toll this year to 14.
Last year, the road toll was 11.
Police have requested for anyone with information about the incident to contact ACT Policing Communications on 131 444.
More to come.