RCMP in northern New Brunswick say that the bodies of a teenage girl and three young men have been recovered after their vehicle plunged into the Tracadie River early Saturday morning.

A vehicle carrying four people, ages 17,18,19 and 20, lost control around 1 a.m. while on Route 370 near Tracadie-Sheila, said RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah. The vehicle was about 70 kilometres northeast of Miramichi at the time.

Farrah said the vehicle spun out of control in a remote area on a dirt road, while heading uphill. The vehicle slipped off the road and into the Tracadie River.

CTV Atlantic’s David Bell described the scene as it looked on Saturday afternoon.

“There’s a road that goes alongside the river and a very steep embankment,” Bell told CTV News Channel in a telephone interview. “Apparently the four were in a vehicle trying to get up that embankment when it slid down and into the river.”

The group was apparently out celebrating a birthday, Bell said.

Police recovered the submerged vehicle just after 3 p.m. and all four bodies were inside, said a police news release.

The RCMP said the names of the victims are not being released until the families have been notified.

Police say the roads were slippery at the time of the crash.