3 dead, 1 critically hurt in freeway crash

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The Minnesota State Patrol is reconstructing a crash on Interstate 94 near Alexandria in western Minnesota that left three people dead.

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Danger on the Road

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Dec 25, 2008
 
I'm very sorry about those lost in this accident. I'm concerned on how a 15 year old was driving the vehicle which went out of control. I, or my family, might have been out there and it's scary to learn that, legally, 15 year olds can be out running down the roads at 70MPH. The reporting troopers must have been shaking their heads in disbelief over how simple it would have been to prevent the fatalities. A sad situation all the way round
Rachel

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Danger on the Road wrote:
I'm very sorry about those lost in this accident. I'm concerned on how a 15 year old was driving the vehicle which went out of control. I, or my family, might have been out there and it's scary to learn that, legally, 15 year olds can be out running down the roads at 70MPH. The reporting troopers must have been shaking their heads in disbelief over how simple it would have been to prevent the fatalities. A sad situation all the way round
The road was icy. That is a problem for a driver of any age.
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Very very sad, could it have been prevented??? who knows, icy roads are never a good thing, a 15 yr old driver isn't always either. Just a sad sad holiday for some families.:((
Flash Gordon

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At this point, let us just pray for the little girl who survived and her family.
Danger on the Road

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Dec 25, 2008
 
The road was icy. Right, the road was icy. What was an inexperienced 15 year old driver doing behind the wheel? That, respectfully, was my question and my concern. I live in a rural area with I-35 running through it. Interstates are supposed to be relatviely safe since all the traffic flows in one direction. Defensive driving means looking down the road at obstructions and obstacles and planning ahead. My point here, in a way, is for all the senseless fatalities on our seemingly safe interstate highways. In 15 years, for example, the body count between Stacy Minnesota and Forest Lake on Interstate 35, exceeds 25 or more from drivers (and their unfortunate passengers) just not paying attention, crashing and going off the road or hitting something. Also the Minnesota State Patrol and insruance companies, no longer refer to crashes as "accidents". When one is driving a vehicle suppsoedly they are controlling it, either by speed or steering or inattention. Long story to get to the point-I don't want people I know, or myself, to become a satistic becuase someone didn't drive defensively. To me snowy or icy conditions, at freeway speeds, isn't the place for behind the wheel driver's education. Too many other innocent lives at stake to take that kind of unncessary risk.
Teacher from Saint Paul

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What in the name of God was a father letting a fifteen year old drive? Hello? Especially in this Minnesota winter. I only wish parents would use their brains once in a while on matters regarding their children's welfare and best interests.
God bless this family at Christmas!
Becky

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You can get a driving permit at age fifteen, and at ANY age you need to learn to drive in the ice. According to the State Patrol, the first driver that went into the ditch was 58 years old, and he obviously lost control. Had he not gone in the ditch, the accident may not have happened. Funny that everyone is so quick to blame the kid. A family lost not one, but three family members and you are all acting like it is all this young man's fault. We all had to learn to drive at some time, and I would much rather have my sons learn to drive in the crappy MN weather at age fifteen with me in the car than on their own at sixteen with their buddies in the car distracting them.
It's Christmas- be thankful that your children didn't die or that your home didn't burn down like the families in Burnsville. We should all be counting our blessings, not placing blame on those who didn't live to enjoy Christmas with their families.
TtB

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North Dakota's legal driving age is 15.
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Becky, ah,...the"kid" you refered to, was driving. Who was to blame if it wasn't him, the ice? The other driver? Was it the other driver's fault? If a highway patrol trooper's squad is parked on the side of the road on dry pavement, or on ice, and is struck by a passing vehicle, is it the trooper's fault for having parked on the shoulder as a emergency vehicle? When, seriously now, and think hard about this Becky, when is it the driver's error which leads to these horrific crashes, when the responsibility can be placed there, on the vehicle's driver, not, say, a trooper parked with his flashing emergency lights on. Are you going to blame the trooper for being parked on the shoulder or the idiot driver who doesn't drive defensively? What you're saying Becky, is in the crappiest weather and road conditions possible, you reserve the right to not only risk your son or daughter's life, your own, and whomever else is in the car with them, but everyone else on the road as well. That's obviously, a very self centered, my percieved rights come first. Too bad. How many more of us have to die, on the roads, so that others like yourself have the freedom to exercise your rights of non-common sense.

Since: May 08

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I can't say this with any degree of insight, but let's maybe assume that the conditions were not obvious. As a father, you certainly don't intend to put your children in harm's way. As far as my recollection is, there was no significant precipitation occurring. Certainly, there was an icy patch or the first vehicle would not have gone in the ditch - and the driver of that vehicle was an experienced older driver. This is a tragedy. Rather than point fingers when you have NO insight into what REALLY happened, why not add your sympathies to very tragic incident. To the family, you have my deepest condolences.
From Far Away

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I work at the same company with the father that died in this crash (I work at corporate, he worked out of his home). The last thing he would have ever wanted was for his children to die. I am sure that his son must have been very capable of driving, or he wouldn't have let his other kids in the car with them. He was a very responsible person, and loved his family. Things happen for a reason, and this is just one example of how fragile life is. God bless the ones that survived and have to deal with all this. Also, God bless us that can so easily point our fingers and say "How could anyone let their 15-year-old drive..."
Alexandria Resident

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Thank you far away from home- The blame game does not bring anyone back. My husband drove over the interstate bridge that day and called me with horrible news of what he had seen! I have have 3 girls of my own 13, 10 and 7. It is a horrible tragidy. That's why it's called an "Accident". One thing I know for sure is that every time I think "That could be my family" It sickens me into tears. I don't think I have ever held on to my children as tight as we did that day! Who was driving is totally irrelevent! Our family has said many prayers for your family. God Bless you all.
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Jan 1, 2009
 
Danger on the Road wrote:
I'm very sorry about those lost in this accident. I'm concerned on how a 15 year old was driving the vehicle which went out of control. I, or my family, might have been out there and it's scary to learn that, legally, 15 year olds can be out running down the roads at 70MPH. The reporting troopers must have been shaking their heads in disbelief over how simple it would have been to prevent the fatalities. A sad situation all the way round
i agree. i live in alexandria and the weather was horrible that day. why a father would let his 15 year old drive when the weather conditions were bad we will never know. my heart goes out to the mother that lost those 2 children and for the injured one that has to live with this.
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Feb 9, 2009
 
im the step brother
Witness

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Nov 21, 2012
 
I drove by that accident shortly after it happened. The roads were dry and road conditions were perfect. But there was a mile stretch that was icy. I remember it in detail. I was crusing along about 70-75 when I saw a firefighter in the middle of the interstate signaling for me to slow down. I slowed way down and when I went accross that stretch my steering when loose and could tell it was extremely icey. I would never of thought to of slowed down if it wasn't for the accident. As I drove by I saw the vehicle and I saw the father's body in the passenger seat. The emergency crew's didn't have time to cover the scene. Less than a mile the roads were perfectly dry again all the way to Minneapolis. That scene haunts me to this day. I don't care how much experience you have that could've been anyone.
Witness

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Nov 21, 2012
 
o and as far as the weather, it was perfect.

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