Authorities launched the identities of the 2 younger girls killed Thursday, Nov. 25, in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 210 east of Brainerd.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported 19-year-old Katrina Rose Lipp was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu west on the freeway close to the intersection with White Pine Drive by the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport when the car crossed the centerline and was struck by a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado touring east.
Lipp and passenger Tiffanie Amber Rivera had been pronounced useless on the scene. Lipp wore a seat belt, in response to the state patrol, whereas Rivera didn’t.
Both occupants of the Silverado — Robert John Heggerston, 74, and Jeanette Jane Heggerston, 74, each of Walnut Grove — suffered non-life-threatening accidents and had been transported to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Both wore seat belts, the state patrol reported.
Road situations had been dry on the time of the crash, the report acknowledged.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted the Minnesota State Patrol in responding to the crash, reported the freeway was shut down starting at 6:19 p.m., shortly after the crash occurred. Sheriff’s workplace personnel cleared the scene at 9:11 p.m., at which era the freeway was reopened.
Also aiding on the scene had been the Brainerd Fire Department, Brainerd Police Department and emergency medical companies responders.