NC saw fewer July 4 highway deaths this year

From staff reportsJuly 7, 2014 

— The State Highway Patrol responded to crashes that killed seven people on North Carolina highways during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

That’s about half as many as died during the same weekend last year and roughly average for any three-day period.

The patrol attributed the deaths to seven fatal crashes between Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at midnight. The crashes happened near Lumberton, Madison, Bryson City, Bethel, Yadkinville, Statesville and Burlington, the patrol reported.

In 2013, the patrol handled 816 fatal collisions that resulted in 886 deaths. That came out to 2.2 fatal collisions per day, about the same as on the recent holiday weekend.

The patrol respond to 16 traffic fatalities on Memorial Day weekend this year and 14 traffic deaths during the last Fourth of July weekend.

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