Four people, three of them teenagers, died during a three vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 95 in Isanti County, a few miles east of Princeton.
One of the three vehicles was a semi-truck. The driver survived with non-life threatening injuries.
Killed were three teenagers in a car that was hit by the semi truck. They've been identified as Victoria Schumann Swanson, 17, of Zimmerman, Jordain Rust, 15, of Ramsey and Brian Olson, 18, of Otsego. Olson was the driver.
A woman from Ogilvie was driving another car and the state patrol thinks she may have come upon the accident so fast she couldn't stop. She's been identified as 23-year-old Lisa Vandervegt.
"It was pretty horrific," says Barbara Symanietz, who lives near the scene of the accident.
Symanietz and her kids were in the driveway getting their boat ready for the 4th of July when they heard the crash. Her kids called 911 as she rushed to the scene. She found a gold car with a woman inside.
"I'm not a doctor, but I could tell she wasn't alive," Symanietz says.
Investigators spent hours reconstructing the accident Tuesday afternoon. They believe the semi was heading east on Highway 95 and collided with the dark green car, which was driving north on Dolphin Street NW.
Investigators are trying to figure out why they all collided.
"We have some thoughts as to what happened, but until we get all of our facts and have completed the investigation, we won't be drawing any conclusions at this point in time," says Lt. Mark Peterson of the Minnesota State Patrol.
As part of the investigation, the State Patrol will try to figure out if the dark green car stopped at the stop sign or pulled out at the wrong time.
Witnesses say the truck driver was walking and talking after the accident. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
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