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Two killed when truck hits horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County

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Fatal crash near Avon, Minn.
Two people died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 when a pickup truck hit their horse-drawn buggy along a highway along County Road 9 north of Avon, Minn.
Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Updated: Dec. 17, 6:23 p.m. | Posted: Dec. 16, 5:40 p.m.

Two people died Sunday when a pickup truck hit their horse-drawn buggy along a highway in central Minnesota.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 a.m. along County Road 9 near Queens Road, just north of Avon.

The sheriff's office said the buggy was traveling north along the shoulder when it was struck from behind by a Ford F-150. The impact sent the buggy into the ditch.

The occupants of the buggy — 72-year-old Robert Keppers and 66-year-old Mary Keppers, both from Avon — were treated at the scene but died from their injuries.

The horse pulling the buggy also died.

The sheriff's office has identified the driver of the truck as Marc Lucas Knapp, a 23-year-old Avon man.

The crash remains under investigation.