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Authorities ID New Richmond student killed in crash

A 16-year-old New Richmond high school student died after a crash in the town of Richmond at County Road G and 140th St. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Officers gather on the scene of a town of Richmond crash Wednesday, Oct. 11 in which a 16-year-old girl died. The girl's Toyota Corolla was struck by a semi-trailer as she was turning onto County Road G. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The student killed Wednesday in a crash involving a semi-trailer has been identified as a New Richmond girl.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 16-year-old Megan K. Bennig, a New Richmond High School student, died at the scene.

The crash occurred at 3:08 p.m. at County Road G and 140th Avenue in the town of Richmond when Bennig’s 2001 Toyota Corolla entered the intersection. It was struck by a 1993 Kenworth semi-trailer as Bennig was turning onto the county road from southbound on 140th. Bennig’s car was struck on the driver’s side.

Knudson said the semi driver, 19-year-old Centuria resident Weston S. Gray, was not injured. Reconstruction teams from the sheriff’s office and the Wisconsin State Patrol were attempting to determine how the crash occurred.

Knudson said grief counselors were deployed to the high school.

Both drivers were seat-belted, Knudson said. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

The crash — St. Croix County’s seventh traffic fatality of 2017 — remains under investigation.

New Richmond firefighters and EMS crews, along with New Richmond medics, Roberts firefighters and the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted deputies and troopers on the scene.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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