Burnsville family reflects and recovers from tragic car crash

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Three months after a horrific car crash took the life of a Minnesota teen, family members are recovering and remembering their loss.

A July trip to grandma and grandpa's house in El Paso, Texas started from the Ziebol's Burnsville home.

The oldest sister, 19-year-old Taylor Ziebol, was driving through Kansas on a county road, when the car inched into oncoming traffic and hit a semi-truck.

First responders tried to save Taylor, who was wearing a seatbelt, but she died.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Ziebol was also wearing a seatbelt, but asleep in the back seat of the car. He suffered serious internal injuries. Fifteen-year-old Shannon Ziebol was in the passenger seat and also suffered internal injuries.

"That accident was so devastating that people didn't know how they survived it," said Lesa Hess, the kids' mother.

For the past three months Adam has been in the hospital. He was just released on Saturday.  In addition to serious internal injuries, he also suffered a back injury and underwent more than a dozen surgeries.

"I had been lying in bed for so long that I had lost all my muscle," said Adam. "I had to basically learn to walk again."

The family is also learning to live without Taylor. She was a soccer standout at Ripon College, generous to no end and lived life to the fullest. There are no words to express how much she's missed.

"It's tough, it's really tough," Hess said.

The outpouring of support from the community has helped.
Thousands of dollars have been raised for the family. And at a time when so much has been lost, the family wants everybody to know that they'll be okay.

It will take some time but doctors expect Shannon and Adam to fully recover.

The family says they've been given so much support, especially from the people of Dodge City, Kansas near where the crash occurred. They are in the process of setting up a "Crisis Hospitality Fund" through Fairview- Ridges hospital in Burnsville to help other families that may need support during a tragedy.

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