Teen passenger dies in collision with semi-trailer in southern Minnesota

The 17-year-old was killed on impact.
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A teenage boy died in a collision in southern Minnesota on New Year's Day.

The 17-year-old from Mabel, Minnesota, was the front-seat passenger in a Toyota Corolla turning left onto Highway 44 from northbound Lyndale Street in Mabel, when it was struck by an eastbound semi-trailer.

The teen was killed on impact. The driver, a 19-year-old woman from Houston, Minnesota, was airlifted to Gunderson Medical Center in La Crosse in a critical condition.

A passenger in the back seat also suffered injuries, and was taken to the Gunderson hospital by ambulance.

Sgt. Troy Christianson, of the Minnesota State Patrol, told KTTC that the semi-trailer was hauling 35 cows at the time, with one of the animals dying when the semi rolled onto its side.

The Toyota ended up in a ditch on the south side of the road.

The identity of the victim is expected to be released on Thursday.

The driver of the semi-trailer, a 50-year-old man from Rushford, Minnesota, was not injured.

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