2015 Traffic Death Toll in Minnesota was Highest Since 2010
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota experienced a spike in traffic fatalities last year, which ended up being the deadliest year on state roadways in 5 years.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a preliminary report shows 396 people have died as a result of crashes or other mishaps on Minnesota roads in 2015. The grim tally is projected to grow to 405 by the time the state releases a final report this summer. That would be the highest traffic death toll in the state since 2010, when 411 people were killed.
In 2014, 361 people lost their lives on Minnesota roads, which was the lowest traffic death toll in the state since World War II.
The preliminary report shows every category of fatal incidents was higher last year, with pedestrian deaths posting the largest percentage increase. The Department of Public Safety says 40 pedestrians were killed on state roads in 2015, which was up 150-percent from 2014.