Two Mounds View High School students were killed and one was hospitalized after their car was struck Thursday morning on their way to school.
The three juniors, all girls, normally drove to school together, Principal Jeff Ridlehoover said at an afternoon media briefing. A friend of the girls had received a text in the morning saying that they were getting ready and on their way to school, he added.
“All three were highly engaged and wonderful young people,” said Ridlehoover, who was visibly shaken. “Two of them are already missed. We have great concern for the one student who is in the hospital.”
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a crash with injuries at 7:02 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 96 and Old Hwy. 10 in Arden Hills.
The vehicle carrying the students was traveling west on Hwy. 96 and about to turn left on Old Hwy. 10 when the collision occurred. The driver of the other vehicle was traveling east on Hwy. 96.
Two of the students died at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office.