Labor Day 2013

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Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say six people were killed in car crashes during Labor Day weekend.

Department spokeswoman Robyn Litchfield says state troopers investigated five accidents that left six people dead between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday.

Litchfield says the accidents happened in Blount, Chambers, DeKalb, Limestone and Marengo counties.

Officials say alcohol factored into at least one of the five crashes.

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Forecasters say there's a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents along the Gulf Coast during the Labor Day weekend.

Thousands of people are heading to the beach for the holiday, but the National Weather Service says rip currents are likely in the surf.

Forecasters say weak swimmers shouldn't get any deeper than their knees through the weekend.

Several drownings have been blamed this year on rip currents, which are difficult to detect and can quickly pull swimmers into keep water.