At Least Seven Die Over New Year's Holiday Travel Period

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Alabama state troopers say at least seven people were killed in roadway accidents across the state over the 78-hour New Year's holiday travel period.

The Department of Public Safety said fatalities were recorded in Tuscaloosa, Pike, Jackson, Marion (2), Calhoun and Crenshaw counties. Troopers said five victims were not wearing safety restraints and one accident was alcohol-related.

Troopers had estimated that 14 people could die in traffic crashes during the holiday travel period from 6 pm Friday through midnight Monday, January First.

Over the 78-hour Christmas holiday travel period, nine people lose their lives in traffic accidents on the state's rural roads.

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