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Crash kills Sacred Heart, Minn.,teen

Emergency crews respond to the scene Friday of a fatal crash on Highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo. A 16-year-old girl was killed in the head-on collision with a semi. According to a State Patrol release, the girl was not wearing a seat belt. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

GRANITE FALLS — Meagan E. Siemieniewski, 16, of Sacred Heart died Friday morning in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo.

The crash left the highway closed for the rest of the day.

According to information from the Minnesota State Patrol website, Siemieniewski was driving a 1999 Ford pickup traveling south on Highway 212, and Mitchell D. Hanson, 57, of Elk River was driving north on the highway in a semi pulling a manufactured home.

The vehicles collided between Chippewa County roads 5 and 7.

Siemieniewski died in the crash. Hanson was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with a minor injury, according to the State Patrol.

Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.

The crash was reported at 11:36 a.m. The State Patrol closed the road shortly after the crash. It reopened a little after 10 p.m. Friday night.

According to a State Patrol release, Siemieniewski was not wearing a seat belt, and the air bag in her vehicle deployed. Mitchell was wearing his seat belt.

Assisting the State Patrol at the scene were the Chippewa County and Yellow Medicine sheriff’s offices, Montevideo and Granite Falls ambulances and Montevideo Fire Department.

By early evening Friday, friends had begun posting tributes to Siemieniewski on Facebook.

“Bye Maggie Love! You will be missed by many and in our hearts forever! Meagan Siemieniewski,” wrote one woman.

“My prayers an thoughts to family of meagan she was the sweetest girl. fly high angel,” wrote a friend.

Many other friends added their condolences for the girl’s family and friends to posts.