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One woman killed, another critically injured in car crash

Just a few miles southwest of us in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is Houston County, Minnesota, tucked into the very corner of The Land of 10,000 Lakes. It's there that a woman visiting from San Francisco, California, was recently killed in a car accident on Highway 44.

The woman, 55, was a graduate of nearby Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. Also in the crash was a Decorah woman, 18, who was initially listed in critical condition at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, but was upgraded to fair condition two days later.

The two women were backseat passengers in a vehicle driven by the 18-year-old's sister, 25, also of Decorah. A 28-year-old man was in the front seat with the driver.

According to Minnesota state troopers, the car holding the three women was headed west on Highway 44, but had come to a stop in the lane when it was hit from behind by a pick-up truck just shortly before 6 p.m.

The pick-up was driven by a Decorah man, 79.

After the crash, the 55-year-old woman and the 18-year-old woman were flow by helicopter to Gundersen Lutheran.

The other two occupants of the car were taken to the hospital by ambulance; the 25-year-old woman was reported to have minor injuries and the man, 28, had injuries described by a media source as non-life-threatening.

The driver of the pick-up reportedly suffered no injuries in the crash.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fatal crash.

Source:, "California woman killed in Monday crash, Decorah teen's condition improves," July 2, 2012

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