A child was killed and two people injured in a single-car crash Tuesday morning. Officials believe speed was a factor in the accident that split a car in two pieces.

When rescue crews arrived at the scene on Poland Spring Road in Casco, they found that the car had hit a telephone pole hard enough to have split it in half, just behind the driver's seat. The vehicle had just passed another car at a high rate of speed. When the second car turned a corner, the driver saw a plume of dust, stopped, and found the accident.

The 4-year-old child was ejected from the vehicle and died on impact. A man, who's believed to have been the driver, was found standing outside the car. He was taken to Maine Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The child's mother was still in the car and crews had to use the jaws of life to free her from the wreckage. She was taken first to Bridgton Hospital and then to Central Maine Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police have not yet released the names of those involved.