Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fourteen people die in Labor Day road and water accidents

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWS) - Fourteen people died in roadway and waterway accidents during the Labor Day weekend.

The Missouri highway and water patrol divisions said the number of deaths equaled last year's Labor Day weekend.

Spokesperson for the water patrol, Gerard Callahan, said four people died on Missouri waterways alone.

"Four fatalities in a weekend, it's what we saw last labor day. It's not unusual, but it's higher than what we would like to see. We'd like to see a fatality-free weekend every holiday weekend," Callahan said.

Ten others died in car crashes.

Both the water patrol and highway patrol spokespeople say they felt increased visibility prevented some accidents during the holiday weekend.

Stacey Kafka, Missouri Digital News


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