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In two separate incidents in the last week, wrong-way drivers on the highway caused tragedies to occur.

– A wrong-way driver was killed on I-90 near Rushmore when he hit an oncoming pickup at 90 mph. The truck traveled several miles before the collision. He ran into a pick- up, injuring two teenagers.

– A driver of an SUV was also killed after driving the wrong way on Interstate 35E and crashing head-on into another driver in the southbound lanes of I-35E at Minnesota 96. Four vehicles were involved in the resulting collision.

Many members of the Injuryboard have been writing about wrong way driving incidents. Often, they are tragedies with no understanding. I found especially interesting:

Merchants of Interstate Death or Injury: Wrong Way Drivers-Usually Drunk or Drugged, Rick Shapiro | June 22, 2009 10:38 PM

Rick notes the extensive writing on the topic that has been done by Iowa Personal Injury Lawyer , Steve Lombardi.

It is also worth looking at:

Wrong-way Drivers Contribute To Automobile Accident Death and Injury, Wayne Parsons | July 10, 2009 1:01 PM

Wrong-way Drivers Cause Three Percent (3%) of U.S. Traffic Fatalities, Wayne Parsons | June 22, 2009 5:30 PM

As we can see from this past week, this isn’t a problem that Minnesota is immune from. We need to look at the reasons why these collisions happened and see what we can learn from them.

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