Police said speed and slick roads are factors in the crash, which took place in front of the county fairgrounds.
State police said the 10-year-old girl, who was a passenger in a Saturn driven by her 18-year-old sister, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The younger girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Saturn was eastbound on Heights-Ravenna Road when the driver lost control of the car while attempting to pass another vehicle at 7:25 a.m. The car spun and was hit by a vehicle going west, state police said.
The 10-year-old, her 16-year-old brother and the 18-year-old driver are all siblings. A message posted on the Ravenna Public Schools’ website late Thursday afternoon informed parents about the crash involving three students from the Kubasiak family. Investigators said the siblings reside in Fruitport.
Police did not immediately release the names of those involved in the crash.
According to the letter to parents on the school district’s website, the 10-year-old was a fifth-grader at Ravenna Middle School, and her brother is a sophomore and the driver was a senior at Ravenna High School.
School officials said the teens were taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon and are in critical condition.
The driver of the westbound vehicle also went to the hospital for treatment, but police said he was not seriously hurt and has been released.
The school district's crisis team and counselors were available at Ravenna schools on Thursday to help students deal with the loss.
The crash remains under investigation by the state police.