MANKATO (TEC News), October 19 – Fatal and injury crashes are on the rise statewide. In a period of a little more than a month, there have been six fatal crashes resulting in nine deaths in south central Minnesota according to the state patrol. Officials are advising motorists to pay close attention to intersections, as those are the most common area for accidents. It is important that everyone know that intersections are a big deal. Obeying traffic control devices, taking your time and assuring a clear, clean and unobstructed view to the outside will increase your odds of getting home safely.