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4 women in from NDSU die in crash near Alexandria

Fatal crash on I-94 west of Alexandria. Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

The State Patrol has released the names of four people who were killed in a multi-vehicle pileup west of Alexandria on Interstate 94 Monday afternoon.

They were four female students from North Dakota State University - Lauren Peterson, 18, of Prior Lake, Jordan Playle, 19, of Elk River, Megan Sample, 18, of Rogers and Danielle Renninger, 18, of Excelsior.

The four were reportedly traveling from the Twin Cities on their way back to school.

The crash happened at about 3:05 p.m. during a heavy snowfall.

The students were westbound in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that crossed over the median and was broadsided by a 2008 Ford Expedition that was traveling east. Another eastbound vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Corolla, rear-ended the Expedition, according to the State Patrol.

As many as six vehicles were intially reported to be involved in the pileup on the eastbound lanes near mile marker 97.

At least two other people were taken to the hospital.

The eastbound lanes were closed to traffic and a detour was set up at the Brandon exit. The lanes re-opened at 5:35 p.m.

Yesterday's snow caused hazardous driving conditions throughout the area. Local law enforcement agencies reported that the roads were covered with ice and were very slippery.