One teenage girl is dead and another is facing serious charges after a motor vehicle accident over the weekend near Ross River, Yukon.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Maj. Ken Foster says a pickup truck, with five young people inside, went into the Pelly River early Saturday.

He said four made it to shore, but a 16-year-old girl was trapped in the vehicle.

"Very sad incident, it's a young person, 16 years old. Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the community of Ross River. It's always a tragedy anytime you lose anybody, however losing a young person in a tragic way like this is just heartbreaking," said Foster.

Foster said the girl's friends tried to rescue her and then a group of road workers made another attempt.

But Foster said the river was running fast and the truck was completely submerged.

The girl's body was found inside the truck when the police and road workers hauled it out of the river.

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.