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Traffic deaths in Illinois rise for the second straight year

<p>One person was killed when a car and truck collided on I-94 on the South Side, causing inbound lanes of traffic to close on the expressway before the evening rush hour. The crash happened on the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expy. &nbsp;| Eric Clark/For Sun-Times Media</p>

One person was killed when a car and truck collided on I-94 on the South Side, causing inbound lanes of traffic to close on the expressway before the evening rush hour. The crash happened on the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expy.  | Eric Clark/For Sun-Times Media

More traffic deaths happened during 2013 than 2012 in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Traffic deaths on Illinois roads rose slightly for a second straight year in 2013, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

As of New Year's Eve, there were 973 crash fatalities in 2013 compared with 956 fatalities in 2012, a nearly 2 percent increase. That uptick adds to a 4 percent rise last year, when the death toll of 956 compared with 918 in 2011.

But deaths on Illinois roadways are still much lower than they have been historically, with 2013 the fifth consecutive year that fatalities were below 1,000, a dramatic low compared with the past nine decades.

[Read more at the Chicago Tribune]

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