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State official says increase in deaths on Minnesota roads is 'alarming'

There were six deaths on Minnesota roads over the weekend.
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There were six deaths on Minnesota roads over the weekend, with the latest of the fatal crashes being reported Monday by the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. 

According to the report, the single-vehicle wreck happened around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Iverson Road and S. Black Bear Road in Trommald, which is about 10 miles northeast of Brainerd. 

First responders arrived at the scene and found the driver dead. The crash was unwitnessed, according to the sheriff's office, which noted that a preliminary investigation shows that the 57-year-old unidentified Crosby resident was northbound on Iverson Road before he crashed into a tree at the intersection. 

The six weekend road deaths bring the number of fatalities on Minnesota roads to 285 for the year – an increase from 263 at this time a year ago, according to the Office of Traffic Safety. 

The department's director, Mike Hanson, issued a statement Monday saying the number of deaths this year is "alarming and gets scarier each day." 

"The choices you make could change the life of the person next to you on the road and the people they are important to. Be mindful of your speed, be kind by driving distraction-free, buckle up so you get home to your family at the end of the day and please, never, ever drive impaired," said Hanson. 

Deadly crash stats from the Office of Traffic safety, from the 285 deaths this year: 

  • 83 are speed-related, compared with 58 this time last year.
  • 83 are alcohol-related, compared with 84 this time last year.
  • 19 are distracted-related, compared with 29 this time last year.
  • 67 fatalities involved in unbelted motorist, compared with 52 this time last year.
  • 33 are pedestrians, compared with 26 this time last year.
  • 54 are motorcyclists, compared with 39 this time last year.
  • Eight are bicyclists, compared with six this time last year.

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