Officials: 8 people killed on SC highways Thanksgiving weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says eight people were killed on state highways over the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Preliminary statistics released Monday show that from last Wednesday evening to midnight Sunday all of the fatal accidents occurred on US routes, SC road, and secondary roads.

No fatalities occurred on interstates.

Two pedestrians and one bicyclist make up three of the deaths, and seat belts were not used in two of the fatal automobile wrecks.

Five of the deaths occurred Friday through Sunday.

As of November 25, 744 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 766 highway deaths in this same time period in 2011.

Of the 491 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2012, 285 were not wearing seat belts.

Through midnight November 25, 101 pedestrians, 102 motorcyclists and 13 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.

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