Fewer truck-related fatalities in U.S.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the fifth straight year, the number of fatalities on U.S. roadways involving heavy-duty trucks has declined.

In 2002, fatalities involving large trucks dropped 4.2 per cent from the previous year. There were 4,897 fatalities linked to heavy trucks last year compared to 5,111 the previous year.

The number of fatalities involving heavy-duty trucks has declined each year since 1997, dropping a total of 9.3 per cent since that time.

Meanwhile, the overall number of highway fatalities in the U.S. has risen. In 2002, the total number of highway fatalities was 42,815 the highest number since 1990.

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