Eight Labor Day Weekend Fatalities Reported on Missouri Highways
Missouri Highway Patrol officials say eight people died in traffic crashes on Missouri highways during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The holiday counting period ran from 6 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Statewide, troopers report investigating 348 traffic crashes which resulted in 167 injuries in addition to the eight deaths. That’s an increase from last year’s totals of 274 traffic crashes resulting in 120 injuries and three fatalities in 2014. Highway Patrol troopers also report making 121 arrests statewide for driving while intoxicated compared to 77 DWI arrests a year ago during the holiday weekend.
In northeast Missouri, officials with Troop B report officers investigated nine traffic crashes during the holiday weekend, with no fatalities. There were also two boating crashes over the weekend with no injuries.
Troopers also report one boating fatality during the Labor Day holiday. There were 23 arrests statewide for boating while intoxicated.