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Traffic fatalities on Tenn. highways way up so far in 2021, Nashville deaths also higher

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans dying on the state’s roads, highways and interstates has taken a sharp turn higher.

Traffic fatalities are up more than 24 percent in the past two years, according to state records.

By this date in 2019, before the pandemic began, some 243 state residents had died in vehicle accidents. So far this year, 303 have died.

More than 100 lives were lost in March alone.

Roadway deaths are up even more in Metro Davidson County. A total of 40 Nashville residents have died so far in 2021. That’s a 135 percent increase over the same period in 2019.