Man arrested after boulder falls off truck killing mother and daughter

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ROSEMOUNT, MN (KARE) Police in Minnesota have arrested the driver of a landscaping truck who failed to properly secure a boulder that spilled out onto a road and killed a mother and daughter.

Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott said a 33-year-old Hastings man is currently being held in the Dakota County Jail in connection to the accident.

Scott says the boulder likely dislodged from a truck as it sped southbound over a railroad crossing. The rock then bounced and rolled into oncoming traffic, colliding with a Toyota Avalon.

“The boulder is approximately 800 pounds,” Scott said. “It went through the vehicle. It went through the windshield and went completely through the vehicle.”

Police say a mother and daughter were in the Toyota and died at the scene. Karen J. Christiansen, 67, and Jena Christiansen, 32, both of Shoreview, were pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, authorities were able to identify the company that owned the commercial vehicle and shortly after, identified the driver and owner.

Scott says witnesses heard the rock hit the road and then strike the vehicle. There are large gouges in the pavement where you can still see where the rock came to a stop, but police are still investigating why the driver of the landscaping truck didn’t stop.

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