11 die on Kentucky roads over holiday weekend, more fatalities than last year

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At least 11 people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Christmas holiday period.

 

Crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox and Pike counties, according to Kentucky State Police.

 

Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Also, the crashes in Christian, Knox and Pike counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One single fatality crash occurred in Pike County. Two double fatality crashes occurred in both Christian and Clark counties.

A quadruplet fatality crash occurred in Knox County.  One pedestrian involved fatality occurred in Jefferson County.

The period covered began at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 25.

Through Christmas, preliminary statistics indicate that 729 people died on Kentucky roadways during 2012.

This figure is 16 more than reported for the same time period in 2011.  There were 578 motor vehicle fatalities and 317 of those victims were not wearing seat belts.

Sixty-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Seventy-six crashes involved a motorcycle and 39 victims were not wearing helmets.

A total of 139 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

The statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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