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Weather makes county roads slick

March 09, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A snow and ice storm that blew into the Hagerstown area Tuesday morning left roads slick.

Area authorities said many accidents were reported as a result of the brief winter blast.

About 1.6 inches of snow and ice fell on the Hagerstown area by 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, i4weather.net. Most of the snow and ice fell between 4 a.m. and noon.

Maryland State Police reported numerous weather-related crashes, including one on Interstate 70 at about 9:51 a.m., the most serious one reported in the county.

Police said a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Chrysanthemum X. Shaver, 26, of Williamsport, went out of control on eastbound I-70 near U.S. 40, crossed the median and overturned. Shaver's 1-year-old daughter was taken to Washington County Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Timothy Baker said county roads were slick and dangerous in many areas. Baker said several minor crashes were reported between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Cave Hill Road near Smithsburg, Frederick Road in Funkstown and along Md. 62, among others. He said he was not aware of reports of serious injuries.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Mark Renner said he knew of no serious injuries reported despite some minor crashes. Renner said accidents on North Potomac Street, near City Hall, and West North Street were among several that were part of a brief cluster of crashes caused by icy roads.

"As soon as it happened, we got the salt trucks out there and got it taken care of," Renner said.

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