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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 …

TxDOT: Traffic Fatalities Increased in Energy Producing Regions

Booming energy production has brought jobs and economic gains to communities throughout Texas, but also an unintended consequence with a rise in traffic fatalities and injuries, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports. In 2017, more than 194,000 crashes — …

Traffic Fatalities Again Top 40,000; Few Cars on Roads Have Latest Technology

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total …

At Least 5 Dead in Crashes During Midwest Snowstorm

A massive winter snowstorm that blanketed several Midwest states was a factor in at least five road deaths on Saturday and forced the grounds crew to scramble to clear snow from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City ahead of the NFL …

Spike in New Mexico Traffic Deaths in August

New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people. Preliminary data compiled by the state Transportation Department and the University of New Mexico shows more …

Newspaper: Sturgis Rally Traffic Deaths Likely Higher Than Official Count

A newspaper says the total number of traffic fatalities for this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota may be higher than the state’s official count of four. The Rapid City Journal counted at least nine deaths associated with the …

Data Shows Arizona Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise

The Arizona Department of Transportation says 1,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes last year. A new statewide report released this week shows 2017 marked the third straight year of increases for traffic fatalities. The total was up from …

Arkansas Cities Are Focus of Study on Limiting Pedestrian Deaths

A federally funded study focusing on two Arkansas cities will serve as an outline for statewide efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths. Two metropolitan planning organizations in Jonesboro and Little Rock are sharing a $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration …

Study Suggests Pedestrian Fatalities May be Linked to Smartphone, Marijuana Use

For the second year in a row, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, according to projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which further suggests the high numbers could be linked …

Iowa Roads Were Safer Last Year, Fatality Statistics Suggest

State statistics on traffic-related deaths suggest Iowa roads were safer last year than in 2016. Iowa Department of Transportation figures show that 329 people died in traffic-related incidents in 2017, as of Dec. 29. The 2016 figure: 398. The drop …