Slushy road conditions fatalPublished 11:06am Tuesday, February 21, 2012
ALEXANDRIA — Family members say the four women who died in an interstate crash west of Alexandria were college roommates heading back to North Dakota State University.
Michelle Renninger, of Excelsior, says her 18-year-old daughter, Danielle, and three other Minnesota friends died when their car crossed the median on Interstate 94 and was broadsided by an SUV Monday afternoon. Renninger says her family is devastated by Danielle’s death.
Heavy snow, fog, strong winds and temperatures hovering around freezing made travel difficult Monday. The Star Tribune says the State Patrol has not made a final determination on whether those conditions were factors in the crash.
The SUV that struck the women’s car was hit from behind by a third vehicle. Injured victims in those vehicles were taken to a nearby hospital.
Oakes teen killed
in Valley City crash
A 16-year-old Oakes, N.D. girl was killed and five others injured when the girl lost control of her car and spun into the lane of an oncoming mini-van near Valley City.
According to the North Dakota State Patrol, the girl and her 17-year-old passenger were driving to Jamestown on Highway one, south of Interstate Highway 94, when she lost control of her vehicle and spun into the southbound lane. The driver’s side of the vehicle was hit by an oncoming minivan.
The girl died at the scene, and her passenger was taken to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.