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Four Upstate Counties Among State's Deadliest

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Four upstate counties are ranked among the most dangerous counties in the state for drivers. Four upstate counties are ranked among the most dangerous counties in the state for drivers.

Four upstate counties are ranked among the most dangerous counties in the state for drivers. 

AAA just released its study showing which counties have the highest rate of car wrecks and fatal crashes.

Flashing blue lights and ambulances surrounded a deadly car wreck on I- 385 in Greenville early Monday morning. Police tell us a mother was killed and her three children were badly hurt by a drunken driver. According to a study by AAA, this is one more fatal crash in a county that leads the state in car wrecks.

"I think most people every day wouldn't realize that we are ranked so high as far as a dangerous county," AAA branch manager Linda Burch said. 

Greenville County was named the deadliest county by AAA with 67 deadly crashes in 2012. That is up from 55 in 2011. Greenville County was also ranked second in the state for "drivers most likely to get in a car wreck." Pickens County wasn't far behind at number 5, something that's not shocking to driver Susan Wittig.

"I see cars that the light, my light, is green and there's three or four cars that are going through their light, which is red, " Wittig said. 

Truck driver James Wilson says he too witnesses unsafe driving habits.

"Other drivers in vehicles, which I drive a large truck,  they'll just cut in front of me and won't speed up and just slow down," Wilson said. 

AAA says Greenville county has more wrecks because its most populated, but when you break down the numbers the odds are you're more likely to die in a wreck along country roads in places like Lauren's and Oconee counties.

"When you are traveling on those rural roads, even though you may not see traffic coming all the time, be mindful of how fast you're going on those roads," Burch said. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol agrees that drivers are most at risk and most likely to speed on country roads. AAA says this study is a warning to you to slow up and pay attention.

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