Iron Range community mourns loss of two teens killed in car crash

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NASHWUAK, MN– Heart break on the Iron Range Monday night, after two teenagers lost their lives in a car crash.

It happened on Highway 169 near Nashwauk. Around 2:40 Saturday afternoon, the state patrol says four teenagers were in a car when they tried to turn left onto Highway 65 North.

That’s when they were hit by a camper headed south.

The teenagers who were killed in the crash on Saturday afternoon were 16 year old Aiden Patrick Hall from Grand Rapids, and 13 year old Trent Casey Salminen of Hibbing. The other two teens in the car were taken to the hospital.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Honda Accord with four teenage boys was traveling north on highway 169 near Nashwuak, when it turned left onto highway 65 north.

The Accord was then struck by a Chevy Cobra camper that was traveling south on highway 169.

The State Patrol says Hall and Salminen were both in the back seat.. when the camper hit them behind the passenger side door.

In this tight knit community, family and friends are mourning the loss of these two boys.

Both attended Northern Lights Community School in Warba. We heard from the school’s director Monday, who said it’s been a tough couple days for their community.

Mike Hamernick, School Director stated, “We ended up calling our buses back, and getting them to run their routes to pick up any kids who wanted to come in today. we had local clergy on hand, a couple representatives from children’s mental health were here.”

Authorities say at least three of the boys were wearing their seat belts, and no alcohol was involved.

The man driving the camper was not injured. His passenger was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, Aiden Hall’s family has created a Go Fund Me Page. You can find that link here. 

Kaitlyn Moffett

Kaitlyn Moffett

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