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Forum staff reports, Published March 11 2014

Condition of driver who survived crash that left four dead improves

MINNEAPOLIS – A 19-year-old driver who survived a Friday night crash that left four dead is recovering from his injuries in a Minneapolis hospital.

Kansas Adams was in critical condition Sunday, and by Tuesday, his condition had improved to fair, according to a spokeswoman for North Memorial Medical Center.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Adams was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix west on an icy stretch of U.S. Highway 14 when he lost control of the car and slid sideways into the eastbound lane shortly after 8:15 p.m. The car was struck by an oncoming 1999 Dodge Ram pickup just west of Sleepy Eye, a town about 110 miles southwest of Minneapolis, the patrol said.

Adams, of Sleepy Eye, was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said, but the three passengers in the back seat were not. The front-seat passenger may have been wearing a seat belt, but authorities could not say for sure because that’s where the pickup struck the car.

All four of Adams’ passengers were killed in the crash. They included his brother Payton Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye; John Mangen, 18, of Fairfax; Caleb Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter; and Tyler Hadley, 20, of Sleepy Eye.

The Adams brothers are the sons of Rick Adams of Dilworth, lead singer of The Roosters, a Fargo-area country band. Over the weekend, Rick Adams told The Forum his older son suffered internal injuries and was in an intensive care unit.

The patrol said the pickup driver and his two children, ages 7 and 9, were wearing seat belts, and that their injuries were not life threatening.