MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers say the number of fatalities recorded during the 78-hour New Year's holiday travel period increased from the previous year.
Troopers worked seven wrecks with seven fatalities between 6:00pm Friday, December 30, 2011 and midnight, January 2, 2012. There were only six traffic fatalities reported during the same period one year prior.
Investigators say a motorcyclist, a child driving a go-cart and two pedestrians were among the traffic deaths.
Alcohol has been ruled out in 5 of the 7 crashes and Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding each crash.
The deaths occurred in Lee, Jackson, Limestone, St. Clair and Perry counties.