4 killed in pickup-semi collision in Pine County

Published 9:33 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

PINE CITY — Four people were killed and a fifth was injured in a collision between a pickup truck and semi in eastern Minnesota, sheriff’s officials said.

The five were in a pickup truck that turned in front of the semi at an intersection Tuesday evening near Askov in Pine County, deputies said. Killed in the collision were two men, ages 58 and 21, a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl. A 21-year-old man was injured.

Some of the victims were related, Pine County Chief Sheriff Deputy Steven Blackwell said. All were from Askov or the surrounding area.

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“The responding deputy did recognize one of them right away by face,” the chief deputy said.

Two of the four people who died were riding in the open bed of the pickup when the crash happened near the farming community of about 400, Blackwell said.