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State’s Thanksgiving road deaths highest in seven years

State police say the death toll on Pennsylvania highways during the Thanksgiving holiday period was the highest in seven years.

In a statement yesterday, state police said at least 17 people were killed in crashes during the five-day period that started Wednesday. Spokesman Jack Lewis said that is the most since 2003, when 19 people were killed.

Last year, three deaths were reported.

Eleven of this year’s victims were not wearing seat belts, and alcohol consumption was a factor in six of the fatal crashes, police said.

Overall, state police reported 1,101 crashes during the holiday period. The state police statistics exclude crashes handled by local police.


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