Six killed on Ala. roads over Thanksgiving

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers say they worked five fatal crashes over the extended Thanksgiving holiday travel period. That time spanned from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, through midnight Sunday, Nov. 27.

Troopers say a total of six people died in the crashes they investigated with the deaths occurring in Mobile, Russell, Etowah (2), Washington and Madison counties.

Investigators say five of the six victims were killed while not wearing seat belts.

Preliminary investigations, Troopers said, indicate that alcohol was a factor in half the deaths they investigated.

The Department of Public Safety made important note of the fact that there were no traffic deaths on Sunday despite the fact that there was widespread inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. Sunday is the day most travelers get back on the road for the return trip home.

The 2011 Thanksgiving holiday death toll is half that of the previous year. In 2010, Troopers investigated seven of the state's 12 traffic deaths.

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