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Holiday traffic crashes cause fatalities

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol post based in Albany investigated a crash that resulted in a fatality in Worth County Saturday.

A Georgia State Patrol representative who answered the phone Monday confirmed the post investigated a fatal crash, and that Andrew McKenzie was the officer who investigated the accident.

The Herald was told it would need to speak to McKenzie for comment about the incident. Attempts to reach the officer were unsuccessful as of Monday evening.

GSP Post 40 covers Baker, Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

During the course of the 102 hours between 6 p.m. Wednesday and midnight Sunday, the State Patrol reported a total of 11 traffic fatalities resulting from nine crashes in the state. In all, there were 520 crashes resulting in 231 injuries.

Last year, there were 13 traffic fatalities in Georgia during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. At the same time, there were 2,348 crashes and 888 injuries reported.

There were two fatalities reported by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office; one by the Atlanta Police Department; three by Georgia State Patrol posts in Newnan, Villa Rica as well as Macon police; two by state troopers in Madison; two by state troopers in Dublin as well as the Dublin police; and the one in Worth County.