Oklahoma Faces Deadly Wreck Record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A holiday weekend that began grimly on
Oklahoma roads, with a quintuple-fatality crash near Madill on Friday, turns even more deadly as the state nears a dubious record.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports two more fatality accidents
today in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, raising the total for the current
holiday weekend to 18.

OHP Lieutenant Pete Norwood says that's the most traffic deaths the state has had in a single Independence Day weekend since 1991, when 18 deaths also were recorded, and likely is a record for the holiday.

Last year, the OHP recorded only three traffic deaths during the four-day Independence Day holiday weekend. This year's Independence Day weekend will last five days because July 4th falls on a Tuesday.

Norwood says the worst holiday weekends for traffic fatalities
usually are Thanksgiving, because that holiday weekend always is
four days, and Memorial Day, at the start of the summer travel
season.


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