For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota.
Crashes killed 378 people in the state in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
In 2011, 368 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads.
In the space of three hours, six lives were lost in three separate crashes on snowy, slushy roads near Alexandria and Glenwood on Monday.
The first crash happened during a heavy snowfall at about 3:05 p.m. on Interstate 94 about three miles west of Alexandria.
Volunteers filled and stacked sandbags at the Goehring family farm here Thursday, but it was chaotic without Quentin Goehring – a former Brandon resident – manning the operation.
The 73-year-old described by his family as a workaholic died last Wednesday night after sandbagging for 14 hours to protect the 70-acre ranch.
By Amy Dalrymple, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
, April 13, 2011
Minnesota teens in the state’s northwest and southern corners are less likely to travel buckled up compared to their peers in other parts of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
According to a new study, Home Structure Fires, from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires account for 92 percent of fire deaths that occur in structures. These fires cause an average of 2,840 civilian deaths each year.
While 2010 had a deadly start with four deaths the first weekend, Minnesota’s 2009 preliminary traffic death count of 403 marks another significant drop in annual road fatalities, representing an 8 percent drop from the 455 deaths in 2008.
Minnesota’s year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend of September 19-20, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945.
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