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Fatal wrecks up in 2011

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Posted: Dec 25, 2011 6:49 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: wbrz, louisiana, mississippi, fatal crashes, highways

NATCHEZ, Miss. - More people along the Mississippi and Louisiana areas were killed on state highways in 2011.

Fatal crashes have actually seen a one-third decline since 2005, but the Mississippi Highway Patrol is predicting the state will see 655 fatal crashes by year's end, up from 641 in 2010.

In 2011, the Democrat reports six of the fatal crashes in southwest Mississippi involved alcohol. Sixty-six people were injured in alcohol-related driving accidents.

Louisiana State Police Troop E Public Information Officer Scott Moreau said that as of Dec. 20, the troop has investigated 67 crashes that involved 71 fatalities for 2011.

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