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Estimates Up To 550 Deaths Over Labor Day

September 2, 1985

CHICAGO (AP) _ As the last day of the three-day Labor Day weekend began this morning, more than 250 people had died on the nation’s highways.

The death toll had reached 262 as of 5 a.m. EDT.

The National Safety Council has predicted that between 450 and 550 people could die in traffic accidents during the holiday weekend, which ends at midnight tonight. The weekend began at 6 p.m. Friday.

The holiday is traditionally one of the heaviest driving periods of the year.

About 400 traffic deaths could be expected during a three-day, non-holiday weekend this time of year, according to council spokesman Bob O’Brien.

Last year, 441 people were killed in holiday traffic during the three-day Labor Day weekend.

The highest Labor Day death toll recorded was in 1968, when 688 people were killed during the three-day holiday.

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