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2 children die in 2-vehicle crash

BOWLUS - A 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy died following a two-vehicle, broadside crash at 1:09 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Nature Road and Great River Road, located east of Bowlus in Two Rivers Township, Morrison County Sheriff Shaw...

BOWLUS - A 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy died following a two-vehicle, broadside crash at 1:09 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Nature Road and Great River Road, located east of Bowlus in Two Rivers Township, Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reported.

Justin Minnerath, 12, Little Falls, died at the scene of the crash. Jonathan Minnerath, 7, Little Falls, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office reported a Ford Taurus passenger car was traveling southbound on Great River Road and the driver failed to yield for a Dodge Ram pickup which was traveling eastbound on Nature Road. The pickup struck the side of the passenger car and both vehicles came to a final rest in the southeast ditch of the intersection.

The driver of the passenger car was Gail Minnerath, 51, Little Falls. Justin and Jonathan were passengers in her vehicle. Gail Minnerath was transported to St. Cloud hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance with serious injuries.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, James Fogel, 45, Coon Rapids, was transported to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Both vehicles were totaled as a result of the accident.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, Bowlus Fire Department, Bowlus First Response Team, North Air Care from Brainerd and Gold Cross Ambulance.

Sheriff Larsen reports this case is still under investigation.

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