Support Found in One Another after Fatal Accident

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2012 Updated Apr 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The community of Hibbing is in mourning for two young girls, killed in a tragic car accident this weekend.

Kelsey Perkins and Lindsey Gonzalez, both 17, were killed when their car left the road and rolled into a creek on Saturday evening.

Today students returned to school but for many it will never be the same.

Cars lined Highway Five this morning just south of Hibbing where the accident happened.

Students gathering to remember two of their own that were taken much too soon.

Alexis Gilbertson says Kelsey and Lindsey were friends with everyone and remembers the last time she spent time with them.

They were at a birthday party I was at a few weeks ago...that was the last time I'd seen them together. I have a video of Lindsey on my phone, dancing to Eminem and singing," said Gilbertson.

At the high school, students and faculty gathered outside before the day started, making a memorial at the flag pole in front of the school.

Faculty members read a statement, explaining what happened saying that the girls' car left the road on Highway 5 and rolled into a creek.

"The mood is very somber; things are very quiet. Everyone is sort of in shock I think over the whole situation at this point," said Superintendent Robert Belluzzo.

Belluzzo says extra emotional support is available for students who need it.

As the graduating class, underclassmen, and entire community continue to try to understand what happened, they do so together.

Friends say Lindsey and Kelsey planned to attend UMD in the fall.

Authorities are still looking into what caused the accident on Saturday night.

There's no word yet on funeral arrangements.

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