- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon State Police says six people died in traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend, statistically similar to past years.

Since 1970, Oregon has averaged seven fatalities during Labor Day weekends. The deadliest was in 1978, when 17 people were killed.

This weekend’s crashes all occurred away from the state’s largest cities.

Rollover crashes killed motorists near Lebanon and Wolf Creek, while two people on a motorcycle died in a collision with a pickup east of Glide.

Also this weekend, a bicyclist was fatally struck by a pickup near Rainier, and a pedestrian was hit by a car north of Florence. Police say the pedestrian appeared to intentionally walk in front the car.

Lt. Gregg Hastings says troopers arrested 45 people for drunken driving, nine fewer than last year.

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