2 people were killed in crashes on Minnesota's highways Wednesday

It's the latest in a string of deadly stretches for drivers.
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Two more people were killed in crashes on Minnesota highways Wednesday, continuing a recent stretch of deadly incidents on the state's roads.

A six-vehicle crash on Highway 169 in New Hope around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday started when a semi rear-ended a sedan, the State Patrol says. The driver of the sedan, 22-year-old Kathryn Burkey of Nowthen, was killed. Nobody else was seriously injured.

About two hours later, on Highway 55 and County Road 42 in Rosemount, a motorcyclist was killed when he swerved to avoid a turning box truck, according to the State Patrol. The cyclist, 57-year-old Clive Jorgensen, then hit a sedan head-on coming the other direction.

The latest in a string of deadly crashes

These crashes continue what's been an especially pronounced string of deadly incidents on Minnesota roads.

Three people (including an 18-month-old child) were killed in wrecks on Aug. 22. 

Shortly after that, seven people died in fatal crashes over the course of just two days.

And this past Saturday another motorcyclist was killed in a crash while fleeing police. (There have now been seven motorcyclists killed in the past week, the Star Tribune notes.)

All told, there have been at least 233 deaths on Minnesota roads so far in 2017, according to state authorities. That number was at 216 deaths back on Aug. 22.

It also doesn't include non-fatal crashes, like the one in Sleepy Eye that left two teens and an 11-year-old with serious injuries.

Memorial Day through Labor Day is typically the deadliest 100-day stretch on Minnesota roads. During that time, drivers tend to drive more aggressively and speed, which increases the likelihood of serious crashes, the Department of Public Safety said

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