HANLONTOWN — A Tuesday morning crash has taken the lives of two Worth County youngsters and injured six others, including a child who was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.
Cassidy Stehn, 9, of Northwood and Hana Riedinger, 12, of Kensett died in the crash, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
Four other youngsters and the driver of the minivan in which the girls were riding suffered injuries.
Lt. Dan Schaefer, district commander of the Iowa State Patrol, said the girls were passengers in a minivan driven by Nicole Streets, 22, of Northwood. Streets was taking the girls to a canoe outing at Clear Lake. The van is owned by Worth County Conservation.
According to the report, Streets was southbound on Wheelerwood Avenue, failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 9 and was struck broadside by a semi traveling eastbound on Highway 9. The semi was driven by Steven Brodersen, 59, of Manly, who was treated at the scene.
The other passengers injured, all from Northwood:
• Destiny Bruce, 10, who was treated at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she was listed in critical condition.
• Maeghan Petznick, 10, who was hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.
• Hailey Schaefer, 11, also hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.
• Jaela Parks, 10, who was treated at Mercy and released.
• Streets was treated at Mercy and released.
All parties were wearing seat belts.
Northwood Mayor Randy Severson has declared that flags be flown at half-mast in Northwood today in tribute to the girls who were killed.
– Forest City Summit reporter Sam Jefson and Globe Gazette reporters Mary Pieper and John Skipper contributed to this report.
Ugh, Facebook wants to know whats on my mind…. Hug your kids tight, read that extra story, tuck them in one more time and tell them you love them… You never know when your life can be turned upside down and a loved one can be called to heaven. My love and prayers go out to all affected by the accident today. I will miss you little Cassidy Stehn