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Six people killed on Wisconsin roads over Labor Day Weekend

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Six people died in Labor Day Weekend traffic crashes in Wisconsin -- four less than a year ago.

However, the state DOT said traffic deaths in August were higher than the same month of last year, as well as the average for the past five Augusts.

According to preliminary figures, 50 people died in state crashes last month -- 4 more than the previous August, and 7 more than the five-year average.

No one knows why fatalities went up last month, but dry and warmer weather and falling gas prices may have had something to do with it.

For the year as a whole, 320 traffic deaths were recorded in the Badger State from January through August. That's 28 fewer than a year ago, and 44 fewer than the five-year norm for the month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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