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Wednesday in St. Cloud, a van driver was killed and her passenger injured when they hit a moving trailer. The trailer was transporting an over-sized load of wind turbine parts. The collision took place at 11 a.m. at Highway 15 and Second Street South. Highway 15 was closed for 5 hours as a result. As of their last report, the police are still investigating what took place.

The death comes on the same day when the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS) reported that more than 300 people have died so far this year in traffic collisions. According to the MDPS calculations, 450 deaths are projected for 2008. This would be a drop from the 510 from 2007.

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 case sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.

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