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This week has seen three Minnesotans killed on local highways. Each one is a tragedy and with the overall numbers of Minnesota highway deaths decreasing each should be looked at as preventable:

  • Monday in Wright County a eastbound driver on highway 138 was struck and killed hit by a truck crossing county road 12. The reason is still being investigate, but did involved the car crossing after being at a stop sign.
  • A Minnesota driver of a sport utility vehicle that was towing a camper trailer collided with a trailer house being towed by a truck as the two traveled side by side on Interstate 94 west of Western North Dakota. The rider was killed. The passing and positioning on the road is being reviewed by the State police.
  • A popular Minnesota school teacher who died in a motorcycle crash near Otter Tail moved the county into one of Minnesota’s 13 most deadly counties. They had been off the list for four years.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic. In this incident sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.


  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Each accident was 'probably' preventable. Most auto accidents are caused by simply not paying attention while driving (including alcohol). Not all are, but most are, and that's likely the case with these three. Hopefully they can find the specific causes with these tragic accidents.

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