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Published February 22, 2011, 01:46 PM

Updated: State Patrol: Mother, 2 daughters killed in Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mother and two daughters who died on an icy highway in central Minnesota had gone out in a winter storm to pick up a prescription for one of the girls, a family member said Tuesday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mother and two daughters who died on an icy highway in central Minnesota had gone out in a winter storm to pick up a prescription for one of the girls, a family member said Tuesday.

Melissa Lorenz, 31, and her two daughters, 10-year-old Angela and 7-year-old Desiree, died Monday night on Highway 27 just west of Little Falls.

"To lose three people in the family is a major shock," Robert Lorenz, Melissa's father-in-law, said Tuesday. He said the family, which lived in Flensburg, went to Little Falls because Angela needed a prescription.

Lorenz's sport utility vehicle was heading west on the two-lane highway when it crossed into oncoming traffic just before 7 p.m., striking an eastbound pickup truck head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Another pickup truck then hit both vehicles. The drivers of the other two vehicles had non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol said it still was investigating Tuesday and didn't know why Lorenz's vehicle crossed lanes, but officials believe the crash was weather-related.

Highways throughout Minnesota were icy and covered with light snow Monday night. The Minnesota Department of Transportation advised drivers to use caution.

Robert Lorenz said the family was close. His son, Scott Lorenz, had been married to Melissa for about 11 years, although they had been separated for about a year.

"I can't believe I lost all three of them in one ... ," Scott Lorenz told the Star Tribune, his voice trailing off.

Melissa Lorenz was a stay-at-home mom. Desiree attended Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls. Angela attended the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Fairbault.

Melissa Lorenz took her daughters to her in-laws' farm for dinner every Sunday, Robert Lorenz said.

"They always enjoyed coming here and seeing the animals," Robert Lorenz said.

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