2 Clayton School District students killed in Polk County crash

Updated: September 17, 2019 07:42 PM

A western Wisconsin community is mourning after two students were killed in a crash Monday afternoon.

WQOW-TV reports the crash happened at about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 63 and 60th Avenue in Clear Lake.


Witnesses told Polk County deputies a car traveling east on 60th Avenue didn't come to a complete stop when entering Highway 63 and collided with a semi that was pulling a trailer. The sheriff's office said witnesses told authorities the semi was halfway through the intersection when the car ran into the side of the trailer.

The two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

"I don't know what happened I just know things went wrong. And I'm going to miss the little guy, 16 and the party's over," Kip Schroeder said.

Schroeder is the grandfather of Michael Magnuson.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office identified the victims as 16-year-old Michael Magnuson, of rural Clayton, and 16-year-old Grace Schradle, also of rural Clayton.

"Parents should never have to go through this," Schroeder said.

Both teenagers were juniors at Clayton High School. District Administrator Ed Cerney said both Michael and Grace were active in several sports. Michael was also a member of the student council. Grace will be remembered as full of smiles, laughter and love.

"It is very tough. It's tough on the staff and the students and just the people in general in the community," Cerney said.

In a statement on social media, Cerney said the school was offering support to students and staff on Tuesday.

Another statement said the school district has volleyball games at Clear Lake and a football game vs. Frederic have been postponed, as has Little Diggers practice. A middle school volleyball practice was also canceled, but varsity and junior varsity football and volleyball practices will still take place as scheduled, as will C-team volleyball practice and middle school football practice. More updates are expected to be released at a later time.

Clayton is about six miles south of Turtle Lake.

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