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Holiday wrecks claim 14 lives

POSTED: January 13, 2008 5:04 a.m.

This year’s 102-hour New Year’s holiday travel period, which ended at midnight, kept the Georgia State Patrol busy.

As of noon Tuesday, the state patrol had worked 3,524 wrecks involving 811 injuries.

There were 14 people killed in 11 fatal crashes across the state since 6 p.m. Friday.

The patrol had estimated, based on past experience, that there would be 12 fatalities.

As of Tuesday evening, the state patrol post in Gainesville reported 80 wrecks involving 25 injuries and one fatality.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. today at Airline Baptist Church for Hall County sheriff’s Sgt. James Evans, a senior investigator who died Saturday night after colliding with a car while riding an all-terrain vehicle earlier in the afternoon.

The wreck took place on Hillcrest Lane near White Sulphur Road in East Hall.

Area authorities were otherwise reporting a quiet New Year’s Day.


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