Fatal highway accidents over the Memorial Day weekend were far below the previous year's total, with seven people dying in six crashes handled by the State Highway Patrol, troopers reported Tuesday.
The patrol said its tally covered the period between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday.
In 2014, troopers reported, they investigated 20 fatal wrecks.
The six accidents this year were in Polk, Brunswick, Columbus, Pender, Montgomery and Mecklenburg counties. Two people died in the Brunswick accident.
The State Highway Patrol generally handles accidents that happen outside incorporated communities. Accidents inside city and town boundaries are usually investigated by local police departments.