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Pile of truck tires A pile of tires sits off of Route 285 near Pecos, Texas, on July 18. (Photo: Callaghan O’Hare/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – Route 285 is the formal designation for one of the main roads used to carry supplies to and from the oilfields of West Texas. Locals call it something else: “Death Highway.”

Last year, 93 people died in accidents involving trucks just on the Texas-side of the Permian Basin, or 43% more than in 2012. Want to know how many fatalities to expect moving forward? Keep an eye on the price of oil.

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