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Posted at 7:40 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

14 die in Va. holiday highway crashes

By The Associated Press

State police say 14 people died in 12 traffic crashes on Virginia's highways during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends.

State police said Monday that preliminary figures show that 10 people died in eight crashes over the Christmas weekend, which started at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24 and ended at midnight Dec. 26. Alcohol was a factor in at least four crashes.

Four people died in traffic crashes over the New Year's holiday weekend, which started at 12:01 Friday and ended at midnight Sunday. Alcohol was a factor in at least one of those crashes.

State police said that last year, 11 people died in traffic fatalities over the four-day Christmas holiday, and five over the New Year's holiday.

Virginia saw 35 fewer traffic deaths in 2010 than in 2009, according to preliminary reports.

By The Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic Accidents, Virginia  
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