Authorities on Tuesday identified the four students of New Richmond High School in western Wisconsin whose SUV rear-ended a semitrailer truck that was stopped in a construction zone east of Hudson, killing two of them.
Killed in the collision on eastbound Interstate 94 were front-seat passenger Joshua J. Goodrich, 17, and Jordan M. Johnson, 16, who was seated in back, according to the State Patrol. Goodrich played hockey for the school, and Johnson was on the baseball team, a school district official said.
The driver, Zachary D. Zajec, 17, suffered severe injuries to his head and chest, the patrol added. Zajec was in critical condition Tuesday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, a spokeswoman said.
Another back-seat passenger, Thomas J. Wanless, 17, suffered minor injuries. All but Johnson were wearing their seat belts, the patrol said.
School District Superintendent Morrie Veilleux was meeting Tuesday morning at the high school with administrators and counselors about the crash.
The truck's driver, Paul A. Davis 34, of Cadott, Wis., was not injured.
Traffic was forced off the interstate and onto alternate roads for about two hours while emergency personnel tended to the victims and the wreckage was cleared.