Tributes paid to 18-year-old killed in three-vehicle crash

She had just graduated from Montevideo High School.
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Tributes and donations are being made in memory of a recent high school graduate tragically killed in a crash in west-central Minnesota on Monday.

Maddie Gorham, 18, was driving a Ford Taurus on Hwy. 59 south of Morris when she collided with a MnDOT truck working on the shoulder.

The impact forced her car into the southbound lane, where she was struck by a semi.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help her family, and has raised more than $7,000 in the space of the day.

"She was a bright light in this dark world and she will be missed dearly," the page reads.

Gorham recently graduated from Montevideo High School, and had planned to attend Concordia College in Moorhead.

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There she was planning to study music, with many of the tributes left on the page and social media noting she was a talented musician.

"Maddie was an inspiring young woman with such a bright future," wrote Scott and Sara Soden. "It was a joy to watch her perform with so much passion at band concerts and Flood of Jazz."

Montevideo High School announced her death on its Facebook page "with heavy hearts," adding: "Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Maddie G’s family."

Memorial services will be held for the teenager on Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Montevideo Fine Arts Center.

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