UPDATE: Funeral services scheduled for 17-year-old killed in Hwy 44 crash

Updated: January 03, 2020 08:41 AM
Created: January 01, 2020 10:43 PM

JANUARY 2, 2020 2:00 p.m.

A previous version of this story listed the age of Spencer Douglas as 17. The Minnesota State Patrol has updated the incident report to reflect the current age. 


(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: Funeral services for 17-year-old Dylan Delaney have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel; the burial will be held at the Mabel Public Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 and Monday 10-10:45 a.m. at the St. Olaf Catholic Church, according to Delaney's obituary in the Fillmore County Journal.

According MN Boy's Basketball Hub, Delaney played for the Mabel-Canton boys' basketball team during the 2018-2019 season.


January 2, 2020 12:03 p.m.

Minnesota State Patrol has released the names of those involved in the fatal New Year's Day crash. The name and condition of the second passenger is still unknown at this time. 

Driver and passengers of the Toyota Corolla: 

  • Lauren Elizabeth Bedard, 19-year-old of Houston, driver, life-threatening injuries 
  • Dylan Allen Delaney 17-year-old of Mabel, passenger, killed
  • Spencer Douglas, 15-year-old, passenger, life-threatening injuries

Driver of the semi: 

  • Perry Lee Omodt, 50-year-old of Rushford, no injuries 



(ABC 6 News) - A crash on Highway 44 in Mabel left a 17-year-old male dead when the car he was a passenger in collided with a semi-truck on New Year's Day. At least two others are being treated for injuries.

The crash took place at 10:19 a.m. Monday when a semi traveling eastbound collided with the car at an intersection, according to Minnesota State Patrol. 

The driver, a 19-year-old female of Houston, MN, is in critical condition and was flown by Mayo One to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, according to Minnesota State Patrol.

A passenger in the back seat, also 17-years-old, has significant injuries and is being treated at Gundersen. 

The passenger on the front seat was pronounced dead at the scene. State Patrol said the crash happened as the car made a left turn onto North Lyndale Street. 

The 50-year-old semi driver was not injured. 

"It's still early in the investigation so we're trying to figure out why and how this crash happened," Christianson said.

Authorities later worked to unload around 35 cows from the semi. Some of them did not survive.

Dave Otis lives next to the crash scene. He said he's lived in Mabel for years and said fatal crashes in Mabel are unusual.

The highway reopened just before 5 p.m. 

Crews also reconstructed the scene. Road conditions are not believed to have played a role, Christianson said.

The names of those involved in the crash are expected to be released Thursday. 

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