Georgia Reports 18 Traffic Deaths During Holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says 18 people died on state roads during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday, two more fatalities than predicted.

The deaths occurred in 13 fatal crashes between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday.

Among those killed were four people who investigators believe were fleeing Hurricane Gustav. They died after a car crash on Interstate 20 in west Georgia Sunday night. Two others in the car were seriously injured.

The patrol issued a release Tuesday saying the final count was 2,154 traffic crashes, 577 injuries and 18 fatalities. Estimates had been for 1,898 crashes, 901 injuries and 16 fatalities.

Last year, 12 people died during the Labor Day holiday, in 11 fatal crashes. A total of 2,150 crashes were reported, with 1,048 injuries.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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