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3 Generations Killed in Head-on Collision Near Willmar

WILLMAR  (AP) — A head-on collision near Willmar has claimed the lives of three people: a 68-year-old woman, her adult daughter and her 8-year-old granddaughter.

The State Patrol says the accident happened Friday about 9 p.m. on Highway 12.

Authorities say a pickup driven by a 21-year-old Norwood man crossed the center line and collided with a minivan driven by Marta G. Stoffers of Atwater.

She was killed, along with her 40-year-old daughter, Michelle L. Hoffman of Eden Prairie. Hoffman’s daughter, 8-year-old Julia G. Hoffman also died, and 5-year-old Jason W. Hoffman was hospitalized in critical condition.

The State Patrol says alcohol was detected on the man and in his vehicle.  He was treated at a hospital and arrested on tentative charges of criminal vehicular homicide.

(All Rights Reserved by the Associated Press.  Copyright 2012)

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