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Semi Truck Hits Minivan Killing Two in Hugo MN

Tragedy struck again in Hugo on Thursday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 59-year-old Carolyn Anderson was stopped on Hwy 61, near Hugo, waiting to turn left, when she was rear-ended by a semi truck. Ms. Anderson died at the scene and an 88-year-old passenger, Rose Bongiovanni, died after being taken to Regions Hospital. A third person in the minivan, Marlene Wanner, 72, is in critical condition at Regions Hospital.

Hwy 61 was closed, in both directions, for three hours. The impact pushed the van into the ditch and the semi truck was angled across the highway. It is still too early to tell if the accident was driver negligence, mechanical malfunction, or speed-related.

The 32-year-old semi truck driver was not injured. He had a clean driving record. The accident is under investigation and charges may be filed.

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