Patrol Reports 22 Deaths During Holiday Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Highway Patrol said that 22 people died in traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend.

Patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis said that this year's total is double last year's holiday weekend fatality total. He said that the jump could be partly blamed on the lack of seatbelt use.

Of the 14 people who died in cars, only four were wearing seat belts. Five of the deaths were motorcyclists, two were pedestrians and one was riding a bicycle.

The worst crash was a triple fatal Saturday night on U.S. Route 224 in Portage County.

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