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Pine Point community 'devastated' by deaths

While most area communities were busy celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this past Saturday, residents of the Ponsford-Pine Point community were reeling with shock.

Word had just begun to trickle through the community of a tragic accident that had killed four Ponsford residents and injured three others during the early morning hours of July 4.

"We feel -- this community feels devastated with the loss of that many people," said Mike Swan, chairman of the Pine Point Community Council. "We feel sorry for their families... our prayers and thoughts go out to them all."

According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, a 1995 Chevy Lumina mini-van with seven people inside was southbound on County Highway 37 near the intersection with County Road 26, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes at 2:38 a.m. Saturday when it left the road.

It struck a field approach, ejecting four of the seven occupants and then rolled. Four people were dead at the scene: Charlene Norcross, 22; Kayla Norcross, 25; Gregory Norcross, 45; and Scott Adams, 27.

Swan said he grew up with members of the Norcross families, and also knew Scott Adams' father. He added that Charlene and Kayla Norcross were cousins; Greg was their uncle.

The family will be gathering in the Pine Point community on Thursday to bury three of its members. Funeral services for all three Norcross family members are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Pine Point Community Center.

Funeral services for Scott Adams will be held the following day, at 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, in the same location.

Swan said the accident caused holiday celebrations in the community to have "an emptiness" to them.

"There was such a somber mood after this accident," he said. "I know we're going to be there for them (the families), helping them.

"It's going to take some time for their hearts to heal."

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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