2 young brothers killed in central Minnesota crash


The central Minnesota town of Little Falls is grieving after two brothers were killed in an accident Sunday afternoon near Bowlus.

The Morrison County Record reports that authorities say Justin Minnerath, 12, and Jonathan Minnerath, 7, of Little Falls were killed in the broadside accident that occurred a little after 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The boys were passengers in a Ford Taurus driven by 51-year-old Gail Minnerath that sheriff's officials say failed to yield at the intersection of two rural roads, causing a Dodge Ram pickup to collide with it.

Justin, a seventh grader at the Little Falls Middle School, died at the scene of the crash. Jonathan, a second grader at the Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis where he died later.

According to the Record, Little Falls Superintendent Stephen Jones sent messages to parents saying the middle school and Lindbergh elementary will have additional grief support staff available all week.

"We ask that you please keep these wonderful boys and their family in your thoughts," Jones said in his message.

Gail Minnerath was transported to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck, a Coon Rapids man, was taken to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls with non- life-threatening injuries.

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