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Fatal crashes surge despite sharp drop in traffic across Minnesota


Aaron Lavinsky – STAR TRIBUNE

Despite a decrease in traffic of up to 50 percent, the number of fatal crashes since March 16 is sharply up.

State officials say they have seen a troubling surge in traffic fatalities even though Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order last month targeting the coronavirus has sharply reduced travel by motorists across Minnesota.

There have been 24 fatal crashes in Minnesota since March 16, when Walz's initial imposition on commerce took effect, through Tuesday, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety.


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