It was a really bad day on Minnesota's roads

3 killed in separate crashes plus a school bus rear-ended
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August 22 was not the best day on our state's highways. 

In an evening post, the State Patrol pointed out that three separate crashes around Minnesota had left people – including a baby – dead or injured. And another accident threw a scare into a bus full of schoolkids. 

Here's a recap of Tuesday's tragic events.

  • At 2 a.m. a woman walking along a southwestern Minnesota highway was hit by a semi and killed. The State Patrol's report says the 29-year-old from South Dakota was on Highway 212 near the town of Hector.
  • A little after 8 a.m. a woman driving on an Iron Range highway near Virginia drifted onto the shoulder, then overcorrected a couple times before her car flipped, hitting some trees and landing in a ditch. The Patrol says the driver, 23, was severely injured and the crash killed her 18-month-old child. 
  • A man was killed on Interstate 494 in Woodbury a little after 2 p.m. He was on foot and the Patrol says he stepped in front of a tanker truck. 
  • Later in the afternoon a driver in Forest Lake rear-ended a school bus. There were 50-60 kids on the bus but the State Patrol says none them was hurt. According to the Forest Lake Times, the driver and a passenger in the SUV that hit the bus were taken away in an ambulance. 

These incidents came a day after a university student from Minnesota was killed in a crash in Nebraska and a car burst into flames after veering off a road in Cottage Grove. 

The number of people killed on Minnesota roads this year stands at 216, according to the Toward Zero Deaths initiative. That's down from 236 at the same time last year. 

Safety officials say the deadly day underlines the need to do four things: slow down, pay attention, wear a seat belt, and drive sober.

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