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Columbus day weekend has started out as a tragic one in Minnesota as four people have been killed on Minnesota Highways. Unfortunately, the at least the third weekend that we have seen increased numbers of road deaths. The scary numbers are that on an average weekend, two people are killed.

  • Friday morning, a former junior high teacher was killed as he road as a passenger on a SUV that collided with a grain truck in Rice County.
  • Friday afternoon, an 18-year-old woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured in Coleraine, Minn., when their car pulled in front of a school bus carrying the Ely High School football team to a homecoming game in Onamia, Minn.
  • Late Friday night, a 32-year-old Minneapolis woman was hit head on as she drove the wrong way on Highway 280 near Energy Park Drive in St. Paul.
  • Saturday morning, a Cedar, Minnesota woman was killed by a passing car on 35W as she stood on the side of the road after an earlier accident.

The overall yearly numbers continue to drop for the year, but if we continue to see weekends like this they will rise. With Fall bringing us winter type conditions, hopefully people will be careful. More will be found out over the coming weeks as to the causes of each of these collisions, so it’s to early to tell if the common causes of speed and alcohol were involved in any of the incidents. In all of these cases sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.

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