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October 21, 2014

Patrol: Nine people died at Sturgis rally

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says nine people died at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which officially ended on Sunday. At least eight died in traffic accidents, it was not immediately clear how the ninth person died.

About.com reports that four people died at last year’s event and nine in 2010. According to statistics released Sunday, 251 people were arrested for driving drunk during the event, up from 235 last year. Misdemeanor drug arrests were up from 149 to 185. Felony drug arrests were down from 43 last year to 34 this year.

The Rapid City Journal kept a running tally of hospital visits during the event. 

Photo galleries and blogs from the event proliferated the web Monday morning.

Ever wonder what it’s like to ride down Main Street during the Sturgis rally? The video below gives you an up-close view: