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Girl, 8, dies in horse trailer crash in Belle Plaine

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A freak accident involving a horse trailer killed a young girl Sunday in Belle Plaine, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Laura M. Maloney, 8, of Pine City, was riding in a Ford Super Duty pickup truck when it rear-ended a car and rolled in a ditch. The horse trailer the truck was pulling then smashed the vehicle, killing the girl.

The other passenger in the truck, Erin J. Maloney, 35, also of Pine City, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The condition of the truck's driver, Walter T. Grewe, 62, of Brooklyn Park, has not been disclosed.

The Star Tribune says Grewe is father of Erin J. Maloney and grandfather of Laura M. Maloney.

According to authorities, Timothy W. Adams, 48, of Mankato, was driving his Honda Civic northbound on U.S. Highway 169 in Scott County when he was slowing down and Grewe rear-ended him.

Adams' condition has not been released.

The accident marked the second fatality on U.S. Highway 169 in Scott County over the weekend.

KEYC-TV reports that Alexander Reeves, 19, of Mapleton, died Friday night when the vehicle he was driving southbound on the highway crossed the median and struck two vehicles driving northbound.

Authorities say the other two drivers in the crash sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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