There Was a 49-Car Accident Near the Baltimore-Howard County Line on Sunday

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49-Car Accident
Photo by Dave Park, via Wikimedia Commons.

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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