At Least 9 Die in Roadway Accidents over Holiday Weekend

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Alabama State Troopers say at least nine people died in roadway accidents over the 78 hour Christmas holiday travel period.

Troopers said fatalities were recorded in Autauga (1); Cleburne (1); Cullman (1); Lowndes (1); Montgomery (4); and Madison (1) counties.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety had estimated that 14 people would die in traffic crashes from 6 pm Friday, December 22nd to midnight Monday, December 25th.

In 2005, 13 people died in traffic accidents in Alabama over the Christmas travel period.

Meanwhile, troopers predict 14 people could lose their lives during the 78-hour New Year's travel period. It runs from 6 pm Friday, December 29th through midnight Monday, January first.

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