Sharp Decline In Tennessee Traffic Deaths Over The Holiday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials report a sharp decline in Tennessee traffic deaths over the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Preliminary reports from the Tennessee Department of Safety show five people died in wrecks during the holiday, down from 20 a year ago.

If the reports hold up, it would be the fewest number of state fatalities ever during a Thanksgiving holiday. The previous low was seven in 1983.

The most ever was 34 in 1966.

The holiday period was from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.

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