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Milaca girl, 13, killed in crash on the way to school with siblings


Thirteen-year-old Katrina Maetzold was on her way to school with her three siblings Tuesday morning when the minivan they were riding in collided with a semi, killing Katrina and injuring her brothers and sister.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the minivan being driven by Tristen Maetzold, 17, was traveling southbound on 127th Ave in Milaca and pulled out onto Highway 23 to make a left turn, but was broadsided by the semi, the Mille Lacs County Times reported.

Tristen and passengers 16-year-old Patience Maetzold and 11-year-old Devon Maetzold suffered injuries and were transported to North Memorial Medical Center.

The driver of the semi, 51-year-old Thomas Dietz of Milaca, was not injured.

A hospital spokesperson told the St. Cloud Times Wednesday that Tristen was upgraded to fair condition, along with his sister Patience. Devon remained in critical condition with a severe head injury.

None of the children in the van was wearing seat belts, according to the incident report.

The childrens' grandfather, Larry Maetzold, told WCCO that Tristen had just received his driver's license this year.

State law puts passenger restrictions on new teen drivers, however, Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske told the Star Tribune that Tristen was legally allowed to have three minors in the van because they were family members.

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