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Published September 25, 2009, 02:45 PM

Tragedy strikes family for the second time

(WDAY TV) - A crash in Becker county has claimed the lives of three people; a mother and her two infants from Pine Point. They are 28-year old Cheyenne Norcross, her sons three year old Rock Junior and eight month old Keyian. Family tells us Cheyenne was also four months pregnant.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - A crash in Becker county has claimed the lives of three people; a mother and her two infants from Pine Point. They are 28-year old Cheyenne Norcross, her sons three year old Rock Junior and eight month old Keyian. Family tells us Cheyenne was also four months pregnant.

The crash happened on Highway 34 near White Earth about 11 this morning. The victim's car collided with a truck with a skid steer on a trailer. Authorities say one vehicle crossed the center line. Reconstruction will take place. Both vehicles went into up to four and half feet of water in net lake. Reportedly the trailer ended on top of the car, trapping people inside.

The impact was catastrophic in nature and caused injuries that were immediate to victims so we do know that they were probably dead on impact and the water played no factor in their death at all.

Authorities aren't ruling out speed as a factor. Toxicology tests are being done. The driver of the truck is a 40 year old from rural Ogema. He was treated for minor injuries. The family of the victims is struggling with the unexpected tragedy, but this isn't the first time the Norcross's have dealt with death.

Nearly three months ago, the Norcross family experienced another similar tragedy.

“I couldn't just drive by and not put anything up for her.”

Tears can't explain how dawn basswood is feeling tonight. She and her cousin Cheyenne were very close.

“Everything is not gonna bring her back and you know, I’m just gonna miss her.”

As Basswood looks over the scene, emotions run high as she thinks about her cousin's outgoing personality.

“She lived for her kids, she lived for her family.”

Signs of the fatal crash are still left behind, including a child seat and bottle.

“What happened? What was she thinking? What was she doing?”

While Basswood makes four homemade crosses, one for each victim, a family friend blesses the crash site with tobacco; a Native American ritual.

“It’s very sad, especially the loss of children, and she was a child herself.”

While this tragedy is all too fresh in the minds of many, thoughts turn to another crash involving the Norcross family. Three cousins of today's victims were killed in a Fourth of July alcohol related crash.

“And it's just hard to see all our young, just passing, passing their mothers by, grandmothers by and it shouldn't be that way.”

Cheyenne worked at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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