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6 People Killed in Montana Highway Crash During Dust Storms

A 3-year-old and two other children were among the six people killed in a pileup last week on a Montana highway during blackout conditions caused by dust storms, officials said. Three of the six people who died in the crash …

Traffic Fatalities Continue on Record Pace But Not in All States

The number of U.S. traffic deaths surged in the first nine months of 2021 to 31,720, the government reported Tuesday, keeping up a record pace of increased dangerous driving during the coronavirus pandemic. The estimated figure of people dying in …

1 Highway Worker Killed, 1 Injured in Indiana Crash

A highway worker was killed and a co-worker was seriously injured when a vehicle struck them as they were working along a rural road in eastern Indiana, state police said. The two Union County Highway Department employees were working about …

Deadly Rise in Speeding That Began During Pandemic Still Hasn’t Stopped

Motorists put the pedal to the metal during the pandemic and police are worried as roads get busy with the final stretch of summer travel. The latest data shows the number of highway deaths in 2020 was the greatest in …

Parents of 3 Nebraska Girls Killed in Crash Sue Sarpy County

The families of three Gretna, Nebraska, girls who died in a crash in Sarpy County are suing the county, which they said did not correct a deficient design of the road where the girls died. The lawsuit also asks a …

Distracted Driving a Major Problem in Texas, Transportation Officials Say

Distracted driving comes in second for the cause of traffic crashes in Texas, state transportation officials say. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that one in five traffic crashes are caused by cell phone use and other distracted behavior. …

With Spike in Traffic Deaths, Minnesota Ramps Up Speed Enforcement

Minnesota transportation and public safety officials have launched a traffic enforcement crackdown and awareness campaign amid a spike in deaths related to speeding during the coronavirus pandemic. Public safety, transportation and health officials gathered for a news conference to announce …

Driving Declined But Traffic Deaths Rose 13% After Lockdowns Ended

U.S. traffic deaths jumped dramatically after coronavirus lockdowns ended in 2020, rising 13.1% in the three months ending Sept. 30 to the highest rate since 2005 despite a decline in driving, auto safety regulators said on Wednesday. In total, 11,260 …

Newer Cars with Safety Features Cited for Reduction in Highway Crash Deaths

Highway crash data from 2018 shows that overall fatalities from vehicle accidents in the U.S. declined 2.4%, marking the second year in a row with a reduction in deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) …

1 Killed in 100-Plus Vehicle Wisconsin Pileup

Authorities have rescued dozens of people stranded by a blizzard that howled across southern Minnesota and dumped about a foot of snow in some places. In east-central Wisconsin, one person was killed and several others injured Sunday in an interstate …