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Driver from Sleepy Eye Icy Crash in Critical Condition

Updated: 03/10/2014 2:49 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 10:04 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The 19-year-old driver of a car in a broadside collision on icy roads that killed four others in Sleepy Eye is in critical condition as of Sunday.

The driver, Kansas Adams of Sleepy Eye, is at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis after his 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix lost control on slick roads and slammed into a 1999 Dodge Ram carrying a family on Friday night.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 18-year-old John Mangen of Fairfax, and 20-year-old Tyler Hadley, along with 17-year-olds Caleb Quesenberry of St. Peter and Payton Adams of Sleepy Eye, were killed in the collision. All of the victims were riding in the Grand Prix.

The broadside crash happened on Highway 14 in Brown County just after 8 p.m. The Pontiac was headed westbound on Highway 14, going into a curve heading southbound, when it lost control and entered into the opposite lane of traffic.

It collided with the Dodge Ram, driven by 43-year-old Douglas Wiborg of New Ulm, as the truck was headed northbound into the curve.

Wiborg and his two children, 9-year-old Jakob and 7-year-old Sydney, suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were all wearing seatbelts, the state patrol said.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says Kansas Adams, of Sleepy Eye, was the only one in the Grand Prix wearing a seatbelt in the crash.

The state patrol said they found what is believed to be marijuana in the Pontiac. It is unclear if the substance played a role in the crash, the state patrol said.

Authorities are investigating whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

We've learned Mangen was a three-sport athlete in high school. He was a freshman at Minnesota State University in Mankato. He enjoyed spending his summers going to Major League ballparks with his dad, brother and friends.

Caleb was a senior at Springfield High School. According to his obituary he liked fishing, basketball and making people happy.

The Adams brothers were best friends, according to their dad who spoke with the Forum Newspaper in Fargo.

Payton Adams was a junior at St. Mary's High School in Sleepy Eye, while Kansas Adams went to St. Cloud Technical College.

View times for the victim's funeral services here. 

Tyler Hadley
Courtesy of Strum Funeral and Cremation Services
Caleb Quesenberry of St. Peter
Courtesy of Strum Funeral and Cremation Services
John Mangen of Fairfax
Courtesy of Strum Funeral and Cremation Services
The 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix the five men were riding in.
Photo: Minnesota State Patrol

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