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GSP investigates 18 deaths on roads during Labor Day weekend
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ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol reported there were 18 traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period. The traffic fatalities occurred in 13 fatal crashes between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Labor Day.

The final holiday traffic count was 2,154 traffic crashes, 577 injuries and 18 fatalities.  Traffic estimates had been for 1,898 crashes, 901 injuries and 16 fatalities.

Agencies reporting traffic deaths were the police departments in Atlanta, Dekalb County, Fairburn, Union City, and Columbus; the Richmond County Sheriff's Department; and the Georgia State Patrol posts in Cedartown, Toccoa, Reidsville, Colquitt, Brunswick and Villa Rica. Four people were killed Sunday night in a one-car crash in Carroll County when their vehicle left the road on Interstate 20, traveled into the median and struck a tree. A fatal crash Saturday afternoon in Union City resulted in three fatalities.

Last year during the Labor Day holiday period, there were 12 fatalities recorded in 11 fatal crashes.  There were 2,150 traffic crashes and 1,048 injuries.

The next holiday travel period is the 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period that begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and ends at midnight Nov. 30.