ISLE, Minn. - Four members of a Columbia Heights family died and three others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision near Isle and southeast of Mille Lacs Lake on snow-packed Minnesota Highway 65 Saturday afternoon.
In all, there were nine people involved in the crash. The family killed were identified as Chris Moe, 45, the driver; his wife Rae Ann, 40; and children Samantha, 14, and Anthony, 12.
The Star Tribune reported that when the crash occurred, the Moes were returning from a trip to Hill City for Christmas with Rae Ann's family.
They were all in a 2001 Mazda Tribute that collided with a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban near Minnesota Highway 18 in Aitkin County about 3 p.m..
There were five people, all from McGregor, in the Suburban, all of whom were taken to a nearby Mora hospital. Those seriously hurt were the driver, Nicholas Meyer, 26, and passengers Kevin Meyer, 25, and Sarah Sample, 22.
Also injured was Amanda Christianson, 21. Sample's son, Jackson, 2, also a passenger in the Suburban, had no apparent injuries.
Late Saturday night, the Patrol reported that the driver of the Mazda in which the four died lost control on the wet and snow-packed Highway 65 and the vehicle slid sideways into the northbound lane, colliding with the Suburban that was heading north. The Suburban hit the side of the Mazda.
State Patrol spokesperson Lt. Tiffani Nielson said there were 204 crashes statewide from midnight to 4:30 p.m Saturday. Twenty of the crashes involved injuries. There were 224 vehicles off-road.
In the Patrol's 2800 district that includes Brainerd, from Christmas to Sunday morning there were 20 crashes and 4 crashes with injuries in addition to the fatal crash.