State Patrol: Father's Day Weekend Deadliest on Minnesota Roads Since 2016

June 18, 2018 06:57 PM

The Minnesota State Patrol reports Father's Day weekend proved the deadliest on Minnesota roads since 2016.

A total of 11 people were killed in eight fatal crashes from Friday to Sunday, the most in one weekend since October 2016, according to a release from the state's Department of Public Safety.

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Prior to this past weekend, the most fatalities reported on any one weekend in the state this year was six on May 25-27.

The release stated alcohol and drugs are considered in factors in two of the crashes. Four of the crashes were believed to be speed-related. Five of the 11 people killed were riding motorcycles.

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Seven of the 11 deaths occurred within the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.

In all, the release states, preliminary numbers show 146 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, up from 137 at this time in 2017.

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