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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Deadly Memorial holiday weekend

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- It's been a deadly weekend on the roadways. At least 10 people have died in accidents over this weekend. Four of those died in Rochester last night.

Over a span of 12 hours, 6 people are dead in Southeast Minnesota with many more injured So far, it's been a deadly memorial weekend on the roadways.

"This weekend so far, started out unfortunately here in the Rochester, Olmsted county area, more tragic than we'd like to see. Of course, we don't like to see any deaths on the roadways, but it unfortunately, started off rather somberly," says Sergeant Eric Strop with the Rochester Police Department.

The string of fatal accidents began about 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon near Eyota when a vehicle going westbound crossed into the eastbound lane and hit head-on with another vehicle carrying 4 passengers. The two adults and 2 children in the second car suffered non-life threatening injuries. The first driver died.

"Don't get aggressive in traffic," explains Strop. "Understand that you're going to see more traffic out there. Some motorists are going to do things that you don't like to see. Drive defensively and don't overreact to a situation."

Then a gruesome accident in Rochester happened about 11:30 Saturday night on Highway 63 and Highway 30, near the Rochester airport. State patrol reports 25-year-old Christopher Frisch from Winona was driving Eastbound on highway 30 when he collided with a minivan going northbound on 63. Alcohol was detected on Frisch's breath, and he suffered no apparent injuries. 4 of the 6 people in the minivan died, the other two are in critical condition.

Finally, at about 5 Sunday morning, there was fatal roll-over accident south of Rushford, in Fillmore County. 21-year-old Jordan Murphy from Winona died when he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and rolled into a ditch. State patrol did detect alcohol. The three other passengers in the car survived with minor injuries.

"I'd just like to remind all motorists out there to plan ahead, slow down, make sure everybody's buckled up in your vehicle, drive the speed limit, be safe out there, try to avoid distractions," insists Strop.

You can save your life and possibly someone else's life. Also, two Iowans were killed when their motorcycle was struck by a car driven by Preston woman. The crash happened on Iowa highway 139, near Kendallville. The woman was taken to Mayo Clinic with unknown injuries.

Please drive carefully for the remainder of this long holiday weekend.

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