Fatalities First responders grappled with several fatal road traffic accidents nationwide on Thanksgiving as more than 55 million people embarked on road trips to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.
- 14 deaths were reported on Georgia’s roads on Thanksgiving, with a particularly tragic incident in Colquitt County.
- A head-on collision between a white Ford van and a grey Ram pickup truck resulted in five fatalities in the van. Four other van occupants were airlifted to local hospitals.
- The pickup truck driver survived but sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to a hospital trauma unit.
California Crash: Fatalities
- Four people died, and one was injured in a crash near South Park, California, as a black BMW M3 lost control at high speed on State Route 94, overturning and ejecting passengers.
- The 26-year-old male driver and passengers aged 35, 33, and 20 sustained major injuries and were pronounced dead on the scene.
- A 22-year-old woman, wearing a seatbelt in the front passenger seat, sustained minor injuries and was treated in a local hospital.
Carmichael, California Incident:
- Two children were seriously injured, and seven others were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash in Carmichael, Sacramento County. The Highway Patrol is investigating a red light violation.
Harford County, Maryland: Fatalities
- A 10-vehicle crash in Harford County, Maryland, resulted in long traffic lines, injuring two people who were treated in a local hospital.
- The accidents marred Thanksgiving travel, highlighting the challenges and risks associated with the surge in road trips during the holiday period.
- Investigations are underway, and authorities are urging witnesses to come forward to provide crucial information.
- Georgia State Patrol and California Highway Patrol are actively investigating the incidents, and details are preliminary pending ongoing investigations.
- The tragedies underscore the need for vigilance, adherence to traffic rules, and responsible driving, especially during periods of increased road activity.
- Travelers are reminded to prioritize safety, adhere to speed limits, and stay attentive to road conditions to prevent accidents during holiday travel
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