Five killed on Ala. roadways during Labor Day weekend

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers say they worked five fatal crashes resulting in five deaths over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Of those five fatal crashes, alcohol is believed to have been a factor in at least one of the crashes, based on preliminary investigations.

In two of the crashes, Troopers report victims' failure to wear seat belts.

The holiday travel period, which lasted from 6pm Friday, Sept. 2 until midnight Monday, Sept. 5, saw an increase in the fatality rate over the same time in 2010.

The crashes occurred in Talladega, Cullman, Clarke, Elmore and Madison counties.

Last year, troopers investigated a total of three fatal crashes with four traffic deaths in Alabama during the Labor Day travel period.

Three additional deaths were reported several hours after the official holiday travel period ended, but they will not be factored into the report.

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