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10 people killed on GA roads over holiday weekend


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Ten people died in car crashes in Georgia over the 4th of July weekend.

That's short of the state patrol's prediction of 18.

And while there were fewer fatalities, there were more crashes than predicted.

Every time a holiday weekend rolls around, Georgia State troopers prepare for the worst.

"We have a higher amount of traffic on the roads," says Corporal John Vanlandingham with the Thomasville Georgia State Patrol post. "People don't plan ahead of time and end up speeding to get to where they're going. We have a lot more problems with alcohol related incidents during the holidays also."

This year, the crash count for Georgia came in above its estimates, but resulted in fewer injuries and deaths statewide. But that wasn't the case for southwest Georgia.

"A lot of times I think when people get out on county roads they let their guard down a little bit. A lot of those roads get water backed up on them with all of these storms. And when people let their guard down and speed, they hydroplane," Vanlandingham explains.

Shortly after the official holiday period began at 6 P-M Thursday, a vehicle hydroplaned in Grady County, killing one of its four occupants. Then Friday, 57-year old James Flowers died after he wrecked his truck in Thomas County.

Flowers's F150 crashed into a fence and crossed Robinson Road, flipping three times before landing in the woods.

"I don't believe the holidays played a big factor in these two fatalities," says Vanlandingham. "One appeared that the person was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and hydroplaned. But overall, I don't think the holiday period had a factor in the crashes we worked that resulted in fatalities."

But some people, like McKinley Day, don't agree. He believes holidays mean more danger on the roads.

"Makes me feel like I've gotta be more aware of people. there's a lot of horrible drivers around here, so you really gotta watch out," says Day.

And with many people off work Monday or traveling back home, he says he'll be extra cautious on the road.

There were 2,648 crashes over the weekend.

Both the fatal wrecks in South Georgia were single car wrecks.

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