MN crash kills 3 from Missouri, injures 2 others

(ABC 6 News) – A crash in Kandiyohi County on Thursday involving a semi and SUV has left three people from Missouri dead, while injuring two others.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Volvo semi was heading eastbound on Highway 40 while a Lexus SUV was traveling northbound on County Road 7. The two vehicles collided at the intersection in St. Johns Township, just west of Willmar.

The driver of the Lexus SUV, Justin M. Ecker, 41, from Lee Summit, MO, was killed along with passengers, Carol Catherine Ecker, 64, from Kansas City, MO, and Jonathan M. Ecker, 39, from Rosendale, MO. Two of the three were wearing seatbelts.

Another passenger in the Lexus SUV, Jennifer Michelle Mcginness, 35, from Elmo, MO, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Volvo semi, Ralph John Enderle, 57, from Raymond, MN, was taken to Rice Memorial in Willmar with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by Kandiyohi County Fire and Sheriff, Raymond and Willmar Ambulance, Life Link helicopter and Pennock Fire.