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11 vehicle-related deaths occur over holiday weekend

St. Paul, Minn. -- At least 11 people have died in vehicle accidents around the state this weekend.

Five of those deaths occurred in Olmsted County. In one collision a pickup truck slammed into a minivan, killing four people and critically injuring two. The driver of the pickup truck had been drinking. Rochester Police Sgt. Eric Strop said the numbers are alarming.

"I don't think it's probably due to any one specific factor but any number of factors from alcohol, speed, inattention," Strop said.

Strop said drivers should obey the speed limit and practice defensive driving.

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