Holiday Traffic Fatalities
Traffic fatalities on Alabama highways increased significantly during the long Thanksgiving holiday period. Alabama State Troopers investigated eight crashes with 11 fatalities. That’s up from the five deaths during the same holiday period last year. The fatal crashes occurred in Russell, Madison, Crenshaw, Walker, Autauga, Barbour, Pickens and Talladega counties. Troopers said preliminary investigations indicate alcohol was a factor in at least three deadly crashes, and seven of the 11 victims were not using seat belts. The holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 through midnight Sunday.