UPDATED: MONDAY 11;40 A.M.

Two Le Sueur County communities are in mourning following a two-car crash Friday evening that claimed the lives of four area residents.

Killed in the wreck were Le Center residents Jeffrey Miller, 22, and Travis Reak, 24, and Montgomery residents Condon Hulgan, 51, and his stepdaughter, Mary Urtuzuasregui, 11.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

A preliminary report from the Minnesota State Patrol indicates that the wreck was caused when Hulgan's westbound Ford Explorer crossed the center line on Lexington Road (County Road 26) and crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle driven by Jeffrey Miller.

By the time emergency responders arrived on the scene west of Montgomery shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, the SUV was fully engulfed in flames and the Mercedes sedan driven by Jeffrey Miller was close to catching fire, according to Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha with the Minnesota State Patrol. A Montgomery police officer who noticed that the paint on the sedan had started to bubble used his patrol car to push the sedan away from the burning vehicle and prevented it from catching fire, she said.

Reak, who graduated from Le Center High School in 2007, was employed by Midwest Concrete in Rosemont.

Jeffrey Miller graduated from Le Center High in 2009.

Urtuzuasregui was a sixth-grader at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery.

Mindy Reeder, principal at the school said Urtuzuasregui was involved in the school’s Spirit Club and in the Angels Choir. Last year she won the state American Legion essay contest.

"Mary was a dynamic, loving person," said Reeder. "She always had a smile on her face. We will miss her."

According to Tri-City United Superintendent Teri Preisler, the district will have trained support staff at each of its schools throughout the week — guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers and school nurses.

"We have support here for any student that feels they need to talk to someone," said Deb Dwyer, the TCU Montgomery K-8 principal.

Preisler on Monday said that overall students were doing well.

"I think they know we're all in this together, supporting each other," she said.

"Most people are still in shock," Le Center Mayor Josh Fredrickson said Sunday afternoon. "Everybody will be affected in some shape or form when someone so young is taken, not to mention four people."

But Fredrickson believes that the close-knit community will offer support to the victims' families.

"I am … confident the community will come together and help the people who need it," he said.

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UPDATED: SATURDAY 2:45 P.M.

A preliminary report from the Minnesota State Patrol indicates that a fatal wreck Friday night was caused when a Montgomery man driving westbound on Lexington Road (County Road 26) crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an eastbound vehicle.

The driver, Condon Hulgan, 51, and his stepdaughter, Mary Urtuzuasregui, 11, both of Montgomery, died in the wreck. The driver of the other vehicle, Jeffrey Miller, 22, of Le Center, and one of his passengers, Travis Reak, 24, also of Le Center, also died in the crash.

According to a report by the State Patrol, Jeffrey Miller’s Mercedes sedan was headed eastbound just after 10 p.m. when it collided with the westbound SUV. The incident occurred on a curve in the road north of Le Center.

There are reports at least one vehicle burst into flames. On Saturday morning a portion of the roadway and some of the grassy area along the shoulder was badly scorched.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

Hulgan and Urtuzuasregui, a sixth-grader at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, were just blocks from their home when the wreck occurred.

Mindy Reeder, principal at Most Holy Redeemer School said Urtuzuasregui was involved in the school’s Spirit Club and in the Angels Choir. Last year she won the state American Legion essay contest.

"Mary was a dynamic, loving person," said Reeder. "She always had a smile on her face. We will miss her."

The Angels Choir will sing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass tomorrow at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Urtuzuasregui’s honor.

Tri-City United Superintendent Teri Preisler said school administrators will meet Sunday to discuss bringing grief counselors to district schools on Monday and making them available to staff and students. Preisler said students at the two schools participate in many of the same activities.

The Miller brothers are graduates of Le Center High School.

According to the Highway Patrol, neither of the Millers nor Reak were wearing seat belts. The report does not indicate whether Hulgan and Urtuzuasregui were wearing their seat belts.

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UPDATED: SATURDAY, 10:40 A.M.

An 11-year-old child and her stepfather are among four Le Sueur County residents who died Friday night in a crash on Lexington Road (County Road 26).

Montgomery residents Condon Hulgan, 51, and Mary Urtuzuasregui, a sixth-grader at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, died blocks from their home when their vehicle, a Ford Explorer, collided head on with a Mercedes sedan driven by Jeffrey Miller, 22, of Le Center.

According to a report by the State Patrol, the Mercedes sedan was headed eastbound just after 10 p.m. when it collided with the westbound Ford Explorer. The incident occurred on a curve in the road north of Le Center.

Jeffrey Miller and one of his two passengers, Travis Reak, 24, of Le Center, are also deceased, according to the report.

There are reports at least one vehicle burst into flames. On Saturday morning a portion of the roadway and some of the grassy area along the shoulder was badly scorched.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

Mindy Reeder, principal at Most Holy Redeemer School said Urtuzuasregui was involved in the school’s Spirit Club and in the Angels Choir. Last year she won the state American Legion essay contest.

"Mary was a dynamic, loving person," said Reeder. "She always had a smile on her face. We will miss her."

The Angels Choir will sing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass tomorrow at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Urtuzuasregui’s honor.

Tri-City United Superintendent Teri Preisler said school administrators will meet tomorrow to discuss bringing grief counselors to district schools on Monday and making them available to staff and students. Preisler said students at the two schools participate in many of the same activities.

The Miller brothers are graduates of Le Center High School.

According to the Highway Patrol, neither of the Millers nor Reak were wearing seat belts.

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UPDATED: SATURDAY, 10:15 A.M.

Four area residents — three adults and a child — are dead following a two-car crash Friday evening.

According to a report by the State Patrol, a Mercedes sedan being driven by Jeffrey Miller, 22, of Le Center, was headed eastbound on Lexington Road (County Road 26) when it collided head on with a westbound Ford Explorer. The incident occurred on a curve in the road north of Le Center.

Jeffrey Miller and one of his passengers, Travis Reak, 24, of Le Center, along with the driver of the SUV, Condon Hulgan, 51, of Montgomery, and his passenger, 11-year-old Mary Urtuzuasregui, of Montgomery, are deceased, according to the report.

There are reports at least one vehicle burst into flames. On Saturday morning a portion of the roadway appeared badly scorched.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

Urtuzuasregui is a student at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Montgomery.

Tri-City United Superintendent Teri Preisler, school administrators will meet tomorrow to discuss bringing grief counselors to district schools on Monday and making them available to staff and students. Though Urtuzuasregui did not attend Tri-City United Schools, students at the two schools participate in many of the same activities, Preisler said.

The Miller brothers are graduates of Le Center High School.

According to the Highway Patrol, neither of the Millers nor Reak were wearing seat belts.

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UPDATED: SATURDAY 9:50 A.M.

Four area residents — three adults and a child — are dead following a two-car crash Friday evening.

According to a report by the State Patrol, a Mercedes sedan being driven by Jeffrey Miller, 22, of Le Center, was headed eastbound on Lexington Road (County Road 26) when it collided head on with a Ford Explorer. The incident occurred on a curve in the road, north of Le Center.

Jeffrey Miller and one of his passengers, Travis Reak, 24, of Le Center, along with the driver of the SUV, Condon Hulgan, 51, of Montgomery and his passenger, 11-year-old Mary Urtuzuasregui, of Montgomery, are deceased, according to the report.

There are reports at least one vehicle burst into flames. On Saturday morning a portion of the roadway appeared badly scorched.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

The Miller brothers are graduates of Le Center High School.

According to the report, neither of the Millers nor Reak were wearing seat belts.

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CORRECTION: This story has been modified to correctly identify the driver of the Mercedes.

Four area residents — three adults and a child — are dead following a two-car crash Friday evening.

According to a report by the State Patrol, a Mercedes sedan being driven by Jeffrey Miller, 22, of Le Center, was headed eastbound on Lexington Road (County Road 26) when it collided head on with a Ford Explorer.

Jeffrey Miller and one of his passengers, Travis Reak, 24, of Le Center, along with the driver of the SUV, Condon Hulgan, 51, of Montgomery and his passenger, 11-year-old Mary Urtuzuasregui, of Montgomery are deceased, according to the report.

A fifth person, Mark Miller, 24, of Le Center, was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with non-life threatening injuries.

The Miller brothers are graduates of Le Center High School

Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-931-8567. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy. Contributing to this story were Reporters Jessica Bies and James Stitt.

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