10 people killed in car accidents during holiday weekend

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported this morning that 10 people died in traffic crashes during the 2011 July Fourth holiday counting period. The counting period began at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2011, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2011.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked 259 crashes in which eight people died and 130 were injured.  Troopers arrested 168 people for driving while intoxicated during this yearʼs holiday weekend. The Kansas City Police Department investigated two fatalities.

During last yearʼs counting period, troopers worked 281 traffic crashes in
which 6 people died and 134 were injured. Statewide, in 2010, there were
1,121 traffic crashes, in which 13 people died and 472 were injured.
Troopers made 169 driving while intoxicated arrests during the 2010
counting period.