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What was the worst year for fatal MN highway crashes?

Posted at 3:21 PM on October 14, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Transportation

1973.

Turns out the 70s were pretty lousy when it comes to traffic injuries and deaths in Minnesota.

We dug up this chart from the Department of Public Safety.

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For as awful as it is to report on highway deaths like the ones Thursday in a work zone on I-35W, the reality is that deaths and injuries on the road have dropped dramatically over the years even as the population and miles driven have increased.


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.