MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An 8-year-old child was killed and two others were seriously hurt Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Dodge County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Emerson Melissa Harberts, 8, of Dodge Center, died in the crash.

Authorities responded to the crash at about 7:12 a.m. on Highway 14 near 130th Avenue on the east side of Claremont, which is east of Owatonna. When authorities arrived, they learned a 2010 Mercury Milan was stopped on westbound Highway 14 and waiting to turn left when it was rear-ended by a 2008 Hummer.

The State Patrol says Harberts, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Milan, 43-year-old Rachel Marie Harberts of Dodge Center, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 12-year-old boy from Dodge Center who was also in the Milan was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Hummer, a 24-year-old Dodge Center man, suffered no apparent injuries.

The State Patrol is investigating what led up to the crash, with assistance from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.


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