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Names of teens in fatal Swift County crash released

Swift County law enforcement and Benson rescue personnel respond Wednesday afternoon to the accident scene 3 miles southeast of Benson. Two teenage boys died as a result of accident injuries. PPhoto by Reed Anfinson, Swift County Monitor-News

BENSON -- The two teenagers killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday south of Benson are Cody DeVaan, 16, of rural DeGraff, and Benjamin Mast, 15, of Benson.

According to John Holtz, chief deputy of the Swift County Sheriff's office, the boys were passengers in a northbound 1998 Pontiac driven by Justin Moist, 17, of rural Benson. The car struck the side of a westbound semi tractor-trailer driven by Benjamin Miller, 33, of Benson.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 30th Avenue South-east and 40th Street Southeast (also County Road 14) about three miles southeast of Benson

DeVaan and Mast were both ejected from the vehicle. All were transported by ambulance to Swift County-Benson Hospital. Despite lifesaving efforts, DeVaan and Mast were later pro-nounced dead at the hospital.

Moist was later transferred by helicopter to the North Memorial Medical Center. He is the son of James Moist. DeVaan is the son of Steven and Sandy DeVaan and Mast is the son of Becky Mast and Joseph Mast.

Miller suffered minor injuries and was treated and released.

No additional information will be released at this time. The Minnesota State Patrol is assist-ing the Swift County Sheriff's Office in the reconstruction of this crash as the sheriff's office continues its investigation.

Also responding were the Benson fire, police, ambulance and rescue squads.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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