partlycloudy
Wednesday July 1st, 2015 1:02PM

19 deadly crashes, 5 in N. Ga., reported during holiday period

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia law enforcement authorities say 19 fatal crashes occurred in the state during the recent Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Gordy Wright reported the numbers early Monday, after the 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period ended late Sunday night.

State troopers say they investigated a total of 622 traffic crashes between 6 p.m. Wednesday and late Sunday night. Those wrecks resulted in 263 injuries.

Authorities say alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in four of the 11 traffic deaths investigated by troopers.

Five of the fatal crashes were reported in the North Georgia area. Alex Pagel, 21, of Cumming was killed Thanksgiving morning in a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 369 at Reeves Road in Forsyth County. Sunday, Robert D. Barnett, 44, of Commerce was killed on Hwy. 326 in Banks County. Authorities said alcohol appeared to be a factor in both accidents.

Other fatalities in the region occurred in Elbert County and in the Jasper and Blue Ridge GSP regions.

AccessNorthGA.com staff members contributed to this report.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
The Latest: US, Cuba to open embassies, restore ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):__...
12:21PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage.U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in...
12:14PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Hall Co. resource officers practice active shooter drills
Officials with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and school resource officers from around the county participated in an active shooter drill Wednesday.
11:48AM ( 1 hour ago )
GSP releases more details in Clarks Bridge Rd. hit-and-run
The Georgia State Patrol has collected more evidence in a hit-and-run incident that critically injured a man on Clarks Bridge Road almost a week ago.
By B.J. Williams, Brian Stewart
8:15AM ( 4 hours ago )
UPDATE: Embattled rebel flag reassessed at Georgia's Stone Mountain
ATLANTA (AP) — At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain — where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious cross-burnings and large Confederate flags...
7:00AM ( 6 hours ago )