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Snow contributes to crashes in area

January 19, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

TRI-STATE -- In addition to the large multivehicle crash on Interstate 70 Monday in Washington County, near the Frederick County border, that left two people dead, numerous accidents were reported elsewhere, including 20 to 25 crashes in Berkeley County, W.Va., dispatchers said.

There were about 13 crashes in Jefferson County, W.Va., including a wreck near the Jefferson/Berkeley County line on W.Va. 9 that involved about five vehicles, a Jefferson County dispatcher said.

The crashes occurred as snow accumulations of up to 2.5 inches threw some people off guard, officials said.

Traffic problems varied, depending on the area.

In Washington County on Monday, there were about five other crashes besides the I-70 pileup, a 911 dispatcher said. The pileup was the only accident scene from which people were transported, the dispatcher said.

There were no accidents in the city of Hagerstown and road conditions were not bad, said Charles Brown, communications supervisor for the Hagerstown Police Department.

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A snow emergency plan went into effect at noon Monday in Washington County and was lifted by 4 p.m.

The crashes in Berkeley County resulted in a few people being transported to hospitals, a dispatcher said.

Regarding snowfall, Hagerstown saw 2 inches of the white stuff, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

According to local weather observers and the National Weather Service, Martinsburg had 2 inches of snow; Bunker Hill, W.Va., 2.5 inches; Shepherdstown, W.Va., 2.3 inches; Waynesboro, Pa., 2 inches; and Chambersburg, Pa., just less than an inch.

Washington Township, Pa., Manager Mike Christopher said trucks were treating roads and plowing snow Monday, particularly in mountain areas, where snowfall was heavier.

Washington Township police responded to three weather-related accidents, all around 12:30 p.m., according to a police spokeswoman.

-- Staff writer Jennifer Fitch contributed to this report.

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