Sunday morning’s surprise episode of freezing rain created exceptionally dangerous travel conditions in the Baltimore area, as multiple police departments recorded “way too many [crashes] to count,” according to the Baltimore Sun, including one 49-car pile-up on U.S. 40 East near Chestnut Hill Drive.The Sun implies the accident was not fatal, but it shut down the highway in both directions until a little after 1 p.m.
A State Highway Administration spokesman pointed out that the National Weather Service failed to predict the rain would begin to freeze at 7:40 a.m., which is about the worst time for a weather event like that. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed was bursting with anecdotes about close calls and spinouts over bridges. Harford County Fire & EMS Association characterized the entire county as “paralyzed” by the road conditions.
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