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Family member of crash victims: 'Hug those loved ones tight'

The aunt of a young girl killed in a crash in Dodge County says she never imagined her life would be cut short so suddenly.

Posted: Wed Sep 12 15:54:00 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Sep 12 15:54:01 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for Family member of crash victims: 'Hug those loved ones tight'

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first tonight - state patrol is still investigating what went into a tragic accident that took the life of an 8-year-old girl in southern minnesota. claremont set up-vo-1 claremont set up-vo-3 that crash happened at the intersection of highway 14 and 130th avenue just north-east of claremont in dodge county early friday morning. the minnesota state patrol says 24-year-old tanner kruckeberg was driving a hummer that rear-ended a car. 43-year-old rachel harberts was driving that car... with 2 passengers... a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year- old girl. the girl was killed in the crash. harberts and the boy were taken to saint mary's hospital with life- threatening injuries... and are still there fighting for their lives tonight. today - kimt news 3's calyn thompson spoke to one of harberts' relatives.xxx claremont fatal folo-pkgll-1 claremont fatal folo-pkgll-3 rachel harberts and her two kids were on their way to school that friday morning. they were waiting on highway 14 to turn left on county road 3... when they were hit from behind. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-11 you don't expect it especially when you just see someone three days ago, and you had plans to go boating that weekend... you just don't think that's gonna happen. it's something kelsy flowers never thought would happen to her brother's wife... and their two kids. nat she's left wondering if something could've been done to prevent this from happening... and ultimately save her 8-year-old niece's life. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-4 kelsy flowers family member of harberts but then you read comments like, it happens all the time on that county road 3 and there needs to be a turn off that's why they started making highway 14 a four lane the whole way and that's the last section that it's a two lane from dodge center to owatonna. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-5 earlier this year... the state awarded money to the minnesota department of transportation for the highway 14 expansion project. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-6 this map from mndot shows how the project will expand the highway between owatonna and dodge center... from two to four lanes. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-7 nat a project that looks to improve safety and mobility... but can't ensure it. claremont fatal folo-pkgll-8 mike dougherty mndot if you move a vehicle out of the main traveling lane, that does reduce risk but then it gets back to - ya know how attentive are the drivers, what are the conditions, can everybody see? is everybody traveling a safe speed? claremont fatal folo-pkgll-9 the first roadblock for the 143 million dollar project was funding. now it's time as construction will start either next fall or the following spring... and take two years to complete. lowerthird2line:family responds to fatal accident on hwy 14 kimt news 3 a wait ... that has the harberts family wanting to remind others to never take life for granted. hug those loved ones tight because you just never know when they're going to be taken away from you. / if you'd like to help the family... they do have a go fund me page set up online. kimt.com:local news we'll put that link with this story on kimt dot com. / ots:store damaged in hit and run new mc gun store damage.jpg a
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