Iowa DOT: road fatalities up from last year, below five-year average

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Transportation says so far in 2019, 253 people have died on Iowa's roads.

DOT spokesperson Andrea Henry says that's more than last year, but below an average since 2014.

"It's about eight more from last year, but we're actually two less than the average over the last five years."

Also, Henry says with the annual harvest in full swing, they want drivers to pay extra attention to farm vehicles that may be going to and from fields.

She also says the forecast for below-freezing temperatures means morning and evening commuters should look our for frost and ice on roads.

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