Traffic Accidents Result in 17 Deaths During Holiday Travel Period, Including Fatality in Barrow County
The 102-hour travel period ended at midnight Dec. 25.
A total of 17 traffic deaths, including that of a Buford man driving in Barrow County, were reported in Georgia over the 102-hour holiday travel period, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and ended at midnight Tuesday, Dec. 25.
Corey Scott Appling, 29, was killed about 7:40 p.m. Dec. 21 when the 1996 Toyota Tacoma he was driving crossed the centerline on Rockwell Church Road, 0.3 miles west of Moons Bridge Road, and collided head-on with a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. Alcohol is not believed to have been involved, and the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Connie Sue Wallace, 46, of Winder, was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment.
GSP troopers investigated a total of 685 crashes across the state, resulting in 300 injuries and 11 fatalities. Six traffic fatalities were investigated by other law enforcement agencies.
The number of traffic-related deaths is much higher than in 2011 when three people were killed in accidents during the Christmas holiday travel period.