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Highway Patrol reports 16 traffic fatalities during holiday weekend

Posted May 27, 2014

— Sixteen people died in wrecks on North Carolina highways during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, state Highway Patrol officials said Tuesday.

In central North Carolina, deaths were reported on U.S. Highway 70 Durham County, N.C. Highway 210 in Harnett County, McFarland Blue Road in Hoke County, McGhees Mill Road in Person County and Rosewood Road in Wayne County.

Highway Patrol tracked holiday weekend wrecks from 6 p.m. Friday through 12 a.m. Tuesday.

In 2013, troopers investigated 14 fatal wrecks and 479 injury-related crashes during the holiday weekend.


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  • SFSOLDIER May 28, 2014

    16 deaths due to car accidents and no one opens there mouths. Yet, the world wants to take away the rights of legal gun owners when some crazy fool decides to use a weapon in a crime. Why don't they pursue taking weapons from criminals and craziess...that is the true issue. And as far as car accidents...stop the madness with speeding on the freeways, texting and driving, and driving in the left lanes. Slow drivers in the left lanes cause road rage!

  • 68_dodge_polara May 27, 2014

    U.S. Highway 70 Durham County east of Durham is the most dangerous road in all of Durham County. Often seems like many drag race between lights and use excessive speed between each stop do to said lights. If it were one lane each way the traffic would be much slower. Funny how when a second lane is present everyone moves much faster. I've seen people on Guess Rd north of town traveling 45, 10 under the speed limit, where it's 55 than when it goes down to 45 and a second lane is added and they can no longer hold anyone back the race other drivers going 60. Makes since traveling 45 where the speed limit is 55 than speed up to 60 when the speed limit decreases to 45...