Jack Swanberg’s head-on encounter with a wrong-way driver could have resulted in statewide newspaper headlines saying something like this: “Le Sueur-Henderson students mourn tragic loss of five well-known athletes.”

Instead, Swanberg’s June 30 crash on Highway 169 received little media attention. One reason for that is the state shutdown slowed public access to state patrol crash information. Another reason is Swanberg, 18, and his four passengers, who are all high school athletes who were on their way home from an American Legion baseball game, were wearing their seat belts.

“All of the troopers told us they were expecting much worse,” Swanberg’s father, David, said. “When they hear a motorist is going the wrong way, then get a report of a crash, it’s usually pretty bad.”

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