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Fatal crash near Waseca leaves teenage girl dead, deputy badly burned by downed power line

The fatal crash involved a pickup crashing into a power pole.

A 15-year-old passenger was killed and a deputy suffered serious burns responding to a crash involving a truck and a power pole on Wednesday. 

According to the Waseca County Sheriff's Office, the single-vehicle accident happened around 9:30 p.m. south of Waseca on 128th Street near the intersection of 330th Avenue. 

Deputies arrived at the scene and discovered a green Ford Ranger that had hit a power pole and rolled.

The female passenger, identified by KSTP as Waseca Senior High student Alexus Tiegs, was thrown from the pickup onto the opposite side of the road. 

She suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver, a 16-year-old boy from Waseca, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital in Mankato for treatment. 

While working around the vehicle, Deputy Sheriff Josh Langr inadvertently walked into a partially downed power line. He was pulled to safety and treated by Waseca Fire and North Ambulance, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with third-degree burns. 

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The Waseca County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying it is "especially difficult" responding to fatal incidents involving children, and those difficulties are "compounded when dealing with injury to one of our own." 

"Please keep Deputy Langr and his family in your thoughts and prayers! Additionally, please keep the family of the young girl killed and others involved in your thoughts and prayers. These are difficult times for all involved," the sheriff's office said. 

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