Investigators look over the scene of a crash between an SUV and a semi-truck full of gravel near Holtville, California on March 2, 2021.
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More people died on U.S. roadways last year than any year since 2005, according to new data released Tuesday by federal vehicle safety officials.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, estimates 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2021, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020. The deaths include pedestrians, cyclists and others who may have died during a crash.
Fatalities from multivehicle crashes and those on urban roadways…