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Father's Day weekend was the deadliest on Minnesota roads since 2016

11 people lost their lives in accidents Friday through Sunday.

Father's Day weekend in Minnesota saw the most traffic deaths in a single weekend since October 2016.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that 11 people were killed in eight separate crashes and collisions over the weekend.

This is the most road deaths in a weekend in Minnesota since Oct. 14-16, 2016. Prior to this, the deadliest weekend in 2018 saw six deaths between May 25-27.

Of the 11 who died, five were riding a motorcycle, five were in cars/trucks and one – in St. Paul – was a pedestrian.

Most of the fatalities, seven out of 11, happened in the seven-county Twin Cities metro, the DPS said.

This included the crash near Vermillion, Dakota County, that claimed the lives of two fathers in separate vehicles.

As for the causes, alcohol is suspected in two of the crashes, drugs are suspected in two, and four of the crashes were speed related.

At least one of the 11 who died wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

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The DPS says the "100 Deadliest Days" on Minnesota roads are between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and already 33 people have been killed on our roads since Memorial Day.

During the same period last year, there had been 26 deaths.

This weekend's flurry of fatalities brings the total number of deaths on Minnesota roads in 2018 to 146, compared to 137 this time last year.

Sudden spike in motorcycle deaths

There have now been 19 motorcyclists killed this year, compared to 14 in 2017. 

Motorcycle deaths have more than doubled since the end of May, when there had been nine killed.

Of the 19 who died in motorcycle crashes this year, only four of them were wearing helmets.

Among those killed this past weekend was Blaine police officer Steve Nanney and University of Minnesota professor Susie Nanney. The married couple died near Elk River Friday in a head-on crash with a pickup truck.

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