Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The extra traffic over the long Thanksgiving weekend definitely kept the Wisconsin State Patrol busy, as they predicted.
Officials told News 18 from 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon until 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening, troopers in the Northwest region made 338 traffic stops, responded to 36 motorist assists, received 25 driving complaints and even handled one pursuit.
The State Patrol said as of 5:00 p.m. Sunday they had to deal with 16 car crashes, five of which happened in just two hours on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. They said on average, crashes during peak holiday travel can back up traffic for three to nine miles.
Troopers also responded to eight car-deer crashes over the weekend. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported in any of the crashes.