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Deadly Trend Continues

Updated: 03/17/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 03/17/2014 5:06 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The number of people killed on Minnesota roads continues to quickly rise with five people killed in the past two days.

Monday morning, two people died on the state's roads. The Department of Public Safety says one person was killed in a rollover near Eden Valley and another person was killed in a head-on crash near Winthrop.

Sunday, three people died near St. Peter. Authorities says a 36-year-old woman crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck head-on. The woman and her 5-year-old daughter, a passenger in the car, were killed. So was the driver of the other vehicle.

As we've reported, these deaths are the latest in a string of recent traffic fatalities in Minnesota. March 7, four young men were killed in a head-on crash near Sleepy Eye. A week before that, three young men from Carleton College were killed.

Last week also saw the first motorcycle fatality of the year in Minnesota. Investigators say a 30-year-old man was killed in the Twin Cities. They say he was driving more than 100 miles per hour when he hit a pot hole and was thrown from his bike. It's the second earliest motorcycle fatality in Minnesota history.

This month alone, 19 people have died on Minnesota roads. That's 10 more than at this time last march. So far this year, since January, a total of 58 people have been killed. That's six more than at this time last year.