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Accidents have claimed 19 on Ga. roads so far

POSTED: January 5, 2009 5:00 a.m.

It’s a number the Georgia State Patrol would rather get wrong, but this year it was right on the money.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, 19 people had lost their lives on Georgia highways during the 102-hour Christmas holiday weekend, matching the patrol’s predicted number of fatalities with a day to go.

So far, there have been 2,327 accidents in Georgia resulting in 633 injuries, well below the GSP’s forecast of 1,494.

Last year, 18 people died and 1,158 were injured in traffic accidents across the state during the Christmas traffic period, according to statistics on the state patrol’s Web site.

Frequent rain and wet roads may be a contributing factor to the number of accidents over this year’s holiday period.

Meanwhile, three Georgians died in accident far from home on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Duluth residents Benito Rivera and Christina Rivera-Morales and their 4-year-old child were killed in a pre-dawn wreck Wednesday 14 miles east of Harrisburg, Pa., the Lebanon County Coroner’s Office reported. A 2-year-old child was pulled from the wreck and taken to Hershey Medical Center with severe burns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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