The car hit a pole on Kings Road in Sydney. (Wendy Martin/CBC)

Cape Breton Regional Police say two teens in a Dodge Journey were killed when their vehicle struck a pole in Sydney early Saturday morning on Kings Road.

The police received the call for help at 3:14 a.m. 

The young men, who were from the area, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities are not being released until their families are notified. The police said they were 15 and 17-years-old.

Harold Rowe lives near the scene of the crash. He said the sound woke up his wife.

"Me and a couple of the other neighbours came out, like I said, the police turned us away from looking at the vehicle itself. But you could see the devastation that it caused... three power poles, fire hydrant... and it was laying on the side up there at the top of the street. It was pretty tragic," he said.

The teens were students at Sydney Academy High School. Principal Kevin Deveaux said he's shocked and saddened.

"Our first concern is to support the family and to support the students in our school," he said. "We've contacted the crisis intervention team and I'm waiting for a call back from the lead team members to organize how we're going to respond on Monday."

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The police believe speed was a factor.

The police blocked off a section of Kings Road for several hours to investigate but the route has since been reopened to traffic.