Minnesota traffic deaths up sharply to start 2016
ST. PAUL -- Deaths on Minnesota roads in January were up nearly threefold from the same month a year earlier, the Minnesota Department of Public safety said.
In the first month of 2016, 25 people died in incidents statewide, up from nine in 2015. Over the past five years, an average of 19 people have died in traffic incidents in January.
Recent fatal crashes include a head-on collision that killed a 20-year-old Rochester man; a collision north of Hinckley in which a 26-year-old Isanti man lost control and was broadsided; and the death of a 16-year-old girl from Canton who died when another driver whom authorities believe was impaired crossed the centerline and hit her.