MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota reached a grim milestone Tuesday after two fatal crashes pushed the state’s 2015 traffic fatality number to 100.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety says a head-on crash killed two drivers in Carlton, and a roll-over crash in St. Louis County killed a man who was not wearing his seat belt.
Minnesota reached and surpassed the mark of 100 traffic deaths in 2014 24 days later, on May 21.
Ten pedestrians and seven motorcyclists are among the 100 killed this year.
About 1,922 people have lost their lives on Minnesota roads in the past five years. The DPS says about half of traffic fatalities are attributed to the lack of seat belt use.