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Published February 24, 2011, 04:04 PM

Nine Killed in MN Auto Crashes in One Week

Nine people have died in crashes on Minnesota roads in the past week, prompting a call from law enforcement to buckle up, drive slower, pay attention and never drive impaired.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nine people have died in crashes on Minnesota roads in the past week, prompting a call from law enforcement to buckle up, drive slower, pay attention and never drive impaired.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the number of traffic deaths rose in February following a relatively safe January, in which 12 deaths were reported. In January 2010, a total of 27 deaths were reported. There have been 32 traffic deaths so far this year, compared with 35 this time last year.

The latest fatality was a 78-year-old man in St. Louis County who was hit by a car going the opposite direction on Wednesday. On Monday, a woman and her two daughters were killed near Little Falls after their vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck head-on.

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