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4 Dead, 4 Injured After Wreck On U.S. Highway 14

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The State Patrol says four people are dead and four others sustained injury after a deadly crash on U.S. Highway 14 near Sleepy Eye Friday night.

The scene on highway 14 where the slick roads claimed the lives of young men near Sleepy Eye. According the State Patrol the accident took place last night, shortly before 8:30 p.m. when two cars collided.

Those who knew the victims are still shocked by the accident.

Isaac Brown, a friend of the victims says, "Try to remember them as the good guys that they were cause they have an effect on everyone's lives here and everyone is really going to miss them a lot."

Lieutenant Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol says, "At the wrong time, in the wrong place, a simple losing control of a car on an icy road can be absolutely devastating."

According to the State Patrol a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix was moving westbound on 14 and was entering a curve to go southbound when the driver lost control and was struck broadside by a 1999 Dodge Ram going northbound.

18-year-old John Mangen of Fairfax, 17-year-old Caleb Quesenberry of St. Peter, 17-year-old Payton Adams, and 20-year-old Tyler Hadley of Sleepy Eye were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mangen was the only one in the Grand Prix that was wearing his seatbelt.

A lifelong friend of the victims says she will always remember the impact the young men had on the community.

Courtney Schmitt, a friend of the victims says, "In town today you can tell it wasn't the same, everyone's down and everyone's in shock."

Braun says, "I still don't know what to think. You can just tell today that the whole town is just in shock and in mourning.

And to cope with what happened, those who knew the victims are leaning on each other right now.

Braun says, "Got to get through it all together. In a small town like this we all have each other's backs, we all know each other."

Coming together in light of a tragic accident.

The Sleepy Eye School District will be holding a remembrance ceremony for the victims this upcoming Monday at 10:00 a.m.