Two people were killed Sunday morning when a pickup truck hit a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County.

The crash happened just after 11:15 a.m. on County Road 9, north of the Avon city limits, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

A Ford F-150 driven by Marc Lucas Knapp, 23, of Avon, was northbound on County Road 9 when it struck the single horse-drawn buggy from behind.

The buggy, which was traveling along the road's shoulder, was thrown into a ditch.

The buggy's occupants — a 72-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, both from Avon — were killed. Several people stopped to assist and give CPR, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The horse also died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Mara Klecker