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DPS: Deadly Start to Year on Minnesota Roads

Updated: 03/17/2014 3:13 PM
Created: 03/17/2014 1:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Accidents on roads have lead to more deaths in 2014 than this time last year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced Monday.

DPS said 19 people have died since March 1, bringing the 2014 preliminary total to 58 since Jan. 1. This is six more than 2013, DPS said.

At least two fatal crashes have been reported Monday, DPS said. Slippery road conditions from freezing rain and sleet contributed to 110 total crashes, with 19 injury accidents.

The day before, a head-on crash claimed the lives of three people, including a 5-year-old girl in St. Peter, just north of Mankato.

A car collision killed four young men in southern Minnesota last weekend, in addition to three Carleton College students killed in an accident the weekend before.

The totals are significantly up from last year, but less than 2012's preliminary total of 61, DPS said.

DPS is urging motorists to slow down, increase following distances and not drink and drive. They are also asking drivers and passengers to buckle up.

An injury collision took place on Interstate 94 on Saturday afternoon. The state patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
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