Four dead in Thanksgiving weekend crashes

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 10:51 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Four people died in traffic crashes statewide over Thanksgiving weekend, compared to six deaths over the holiday weekend last year.

Two of the fatal crashes happened in the Springfield area, one in the Macon area and one in the Jefferson City area, according to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

None of the deceased were wearing seatbelts.

Troop F, which serves 13 counties including Boone, responded to 38 crashes over the weekend. Eleven of these crashes resulted in injuries, one in a fatality, said Sgt. Paul Reinsch, public information officer for Troop F. Troop F also arrested 14 people for driving while intoxicated.

State troopers investigated 114 injury accidents and 250 non-injury crashes, according to the news release. Troopers also arrested 114 people for driving while intoxicated.

In 2009, troopers arrested 135 people for driving while intoxicated and responded to 333 traffic crashes. 126 of them were injury accidents, according to the news release. 

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