4 die on Minn. roads over holiday weekend


The Minnesota State Patrol says at least four people died over the Memorial Day weekend as the summer driving season got underway.

The Pioneer Press said an 81-year-old woman died Monday afternoon in Morrison County when her car was broadsided by an oncoming vehicle as she attempted to make a left turn on U.S. 10 near Little Falls, roughly 90 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.

A 24-year-old Waterville woman died Saturday morning in Le Sueur County southwest of the metro when her vehicle left Minnesota 112, hit an embankment and eventually hit a power pole. A 2-year-old passenger in her car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

And early Saturday, a 19-year-old Carlos man died in Douglas County when the vehicle he was in sideswiped another vehicle on Interstate 94 and rolled into the median.

A 49-year-old man was killed in Rogers around 5 p.m. Saturday, when a vehicle crossed the center line and hit him as he was walking along a road.

The State Patrol says officers made a total of 360 DWI arrests over the three-day weekend. It's unclear if the crash fatalities were alcohol related.

Last year, four people were killed on Minnesota roads over the Memorial Day weekend as well.

Nationwide, the motorist organization AAA had forecasted a slight dip of 0.9 percent in overall travel compared to last year, with 34.8 million Americans making a trip of 50 miles or more, CNN reported.

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