By Alton Mitchell
The Thanksgiving Day weekend proved to be a tragic one on Alabama roadways according to information from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. During the 5 day holiday weekend law enforcement investigated hundreds of accidents with 14 of those resulting in fatalities across the state.
The holiday weekend officially began at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and ran until midnight on Sunday. During that time Alabama State Troopers investigated more than 400 motor vehicle accidents with over half of those resulting in injuries.
The accidents were reported in various counties across the state. None of the tragic accidents occurred in Chambers County or surrounding Counties. Tragic accidents were reported in Baldwin, Calhoun, Choctaw, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Limestone, Macon, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Shelby, and Tuscaloosa Counties.
The nearest fatal accident to Chambers County occurred in Macon County on Friday morning. A 13-year-old Metairie, La boys was killed on Interstate 85 just west of Auburn. In that accident the victim identified as Clifton Neyrey was a passenger in a pickup truck that left the roadway and struck a guardrail around 10:15 Friday morning. Neyrey was taken to a hospital in Montgomery where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The fourteen fatalities in the state were higher than the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend 2015 when 10 fatalities were reported across the state. Of Alabama’s fourteen fatalities twelve involved vehicles where safety belts could have been used, but only seven of the victims in the crashes were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accidents.
In neighboring Georgia twenty traffic fatalities were reported across the state. None of those accidents occurred in areas near the Alabama state line with Chambers County. The number in Georgia was up as well rising to 20 from 14 during the same period last year. The Georgia State Patrol investigated more than 600 accidents across the state during the holiday weekend period.