It appears today’s snow contributed to a terrible tragedy on a highway near the Minnesota-Iowa border Monday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol says a car driven by a rural Decorah teenager slid out of control and into the path of a pickup truck driven by another Decorah teenager. The driver of the out of control car, 17-year-old Avery Arneson and one of her four passengers were killed in the crash. Arneson was a senior at Mabel Canton High School and was apparently headed to the school when the deadly collision occurred shortly before 8 AM. The Iowa State Patrol identified the 2nd victim as 13-year-old Aden Arneson.

Another passenger, 14-year-old Alexander Arneson, was airlifted to a hospital in La Crosse, while the 2 other passengers 15-year-old Jack and 14-year-old James Arneson were transported to a hospital in Decorah, Iowa, with serious injuries. The 15-year-old driver of the pickup truck was also transported to the hospital in Decorah, but the State Patrol report indicates he was not seriously hurt.

This message was put on the Mabel-Canton Public Schools website Monday

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The following information has been released from the Iowa State Patrol about the car accident that happened this morning. Avery and Aiden Arneson died in the car accident. Alex, James, and Jack were injured and transported for medical care.

The staff at Mabel Canton Schools along with area clergy were available for students today and will continue to be available. Please look for the attachment that was emailed out about dealing with loss provided by our school psychologist. As a general rule routine is good for our children please encourage your children to come to school to be with and support their friends. 

Sincerely,

Gary Kuphal, Mabel-Canton Superintendent

 

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