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Icy Roads Wreak Havoc; One Dead in Gambrills Crash

At least one person died when a cement truck and car collided near Waugh Chapel Drive and Silver Way. Emergency officials reported more than 60 auto accidents Thursday morning.

Updated: (10:23 a.m.) — At least one person died in a crash in Gambrills Thursday morning, and police and fire officials responded to dozens of accidents all over the county due to icy roads.

Anne Arundel County police responded at about 7:45 a.m. to the fatal crash near Waugh Chapel Drive and Silver Way in Gambrills. Preliminary information from police indicates that a cement truck collided with a car. There was no initial information on the identity of the victim or the condition of any other passengers. Roads in the area were closed and motorists were being urged to avoid traffic. 

One Anne Arundel County police officer was also hurt in a three-car accident on Annapolis Road in Odenton. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that crash also happened at about 7:45 a.m., and involved a police car struck by two other vehicles. The officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Anne Arundel County police reported 60 accidents between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday morning, creating delays on nearly every major roadway including Interstate 97, Route 50 and Route 100.

In the areas of Odenton and Crofton, there were other accidents reported on Route 175 and Route 3, as well as a crash involving an SUV on Dairy Farm Road. 

Route 175 (Annapolis Road) was closed following an accident involving a police car, witnesses reported. 

Further north, there were accidents reported near Route 100 and I-97, forcing the closure of Route 100 eastbound. Police also responded to an accident on Quarterfield Road near the ramp to I-97 north.

Icy conditions were especially prevalent on overpasses and bridges, police said. 

Police also reported accidents and delays on Route 2 and Route 10. 

Erika Wilbur February 14, 2013 at 03:14 PM
It was irresponsible of Anne Arundel County Schools to not have a delay this morning. Roads were so dangerous. School has been delayed and/or closed for less yet when there is a danger...No Delay...Shame on you Anne Arundel County Public Schools!
Jodie Michelle Gray February 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Totally agree. Unfortunately we didn't realize how bad it was until we were actually out and about at around 5:30 this morning and it was scary out there. Accidents were already being reported all over the place at that point, so they should have delayed. They have delayed and closed schools early for much less than this.
Calique February 14, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Where the heck were the salt trucks?? They typically are over-proactive.... but this morning when we really needed them, they were NO WHERE to be found!
Laurie February 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I drive down Waugh Chapel to Dairy Farm Road every morning. I passed through this morning at about 7:15 AM and slid a little bit at that corner where the deadly accident occured. It was really slick. I didn't hit the brake and luckily the slide stopped. I slowed to between 20 and 30 miles per hour. On Dairy Farm at the curve just before the houses end (before the new development) I slid again doing 20. I pretty much creeped the rest of the way to 175. It was pretty scary. I wish there had been salt. I feel so bad for the woman who lost her life.
bakergirl February 14, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Wish AA County had delayed the school opening by at least an hour so everyone could have gotten to their destinatiions safely. I travel Waugh Chapel Road each day taking my own children to school, and this was a very tragic accident. I also emphathize with the above poster, as even on a dry, sunny morning on Dairy Farm Road, the curve near the new housing development can creep uip on you if you're not careful. Even tho' Spring is a few weeks away, people should not be lulled into a false sense of security about winter's one-two punch...it can be pretty dangerous out there.
Beth February 14, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Erika, you are so right! Irresponsible!
Laura D. February 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Glen Burnie had them out in full force.
Laura D. February 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Agree about the AACPS delay--would have been a very good idea! People also need to remember to drive with extra caution in the winter. I saw many cars with snow on them, back windows not defrosted for visibility, and many speeding--driving "normally".
Justin February 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM
I turned off of Symphony on Waugh Chapel this morning at about 1mile per hour and slid my car across the road. This was ridiculous for the roads to not even be treated I barely made it to the Safeway shopping center before I slid again. I learned to drive in Buffalo and Colorado so I can drive in anything, but why was this road not shut down so ridiculous.
Dave February 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM
I came upon an accident on the Amtrak overpass on MD 175 just north of the West County Library intersection. I think it happened around 7:20 am - it was probably the accident to which that police officer was responding. I agree with the above posters about the lack of salt and the failure to postpone school openings. The overnight sleet and snow must have cooled roadways below freezing, so that even rising temperatures (it was 33 degrees at 8am at BWI) did not melt the black ice ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_ice ) that had formed.
Maggie February 15, 2013 at 01:28 AM
People need not blame AACPS . You need to slow down, we all knew it was snowing, sleeting last night .Winter is still here slow down especially in the early morning, getting to any place on time is not worth it . Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends of Alexis Lewis. RIP
Justin February 15, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Maggie you are ignorant and the reason people have crashes it does not matter how slow you go or if you have 4x4 black ice is dangerous and if it is not treated then no matter what speed you are going you cannot stop.
Maggie February 15, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Wow Justin Thanks But . I was out driving like everyone to call me ignorant makes no sense ? I said stop blaming AACPS . How is that ignorant ? How does that make people crash ?
Jessica Stubler February 15, 2013 at 03:53 AM
If the schools were delayed people would have been more aware of how bad the roads were. As a school bus driver I had to deal with this mess as did other bus drivers. Aacps have put us and the students in danger yet again. Very disheartening
AMJA February 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM
The state of Maryland, in general, does a LOUSY job of maintaining its roads during the winter months. It is actually comical to watch everyone scramble around down here during the winter. It is almost as if they do not pay attention to the weather forecasts, or snow is foreign to us. I grew up in PA and saw the roads taken care of in a proactive fashion, year after year after year with salt trucks, etc. Down here, MD folks panic with snow and ice, drive irresponsibly and don't pay attention. Everyone seems too preoccupied with themselves, I guess. Yesterday morning, I saw a salt truck out on the roads WITH busy AM commuter traffic on MAIN roads, spitting salt on everyone's car. You're supposed to go out BEFORE all of the cars get out there so the roads are ready for us ahead of time!! I had to chuckle to myself. Whoever is in charge of dispatching these folks should lose their job. Had the salt trucks been out early in the morning BEFORE the morning commute, that young girl would probably still be alive. Perhaps a lawsuit or two would wake up these foolish officials.
Chris W February 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM
People need to use common sense. Was it slippery? Yes. But that happens in winter. It's not the school systems responsibility to alert people to the possible hazards of winter weather. Turn on the weather channel or local news before you leave the house. Stop expecting the government to do everything.
Andy D February 15, 2013 at 01:11 PM
The problem with black ice is that people don't know it's there. This wasn't a lack of common sense issue. It was a lack of awareness that conditions were not what they seemed.
Calique February 15, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Andy D-- How does one "not know it is there"? Is it precipitating? IS IT COLD?? Then there could be ice!! Come on, this isn't rocket science.
Andy D February 16, 2013 at 01:18 AM
The thing is it looked like it missed us. It was black ice. That's why there were 60 accidents that morning. It was tricky. It was lack of experience, not lack of common sense. Not everybody has time to watch the weather and traffice report every morning before hustling off to work. Nobody's fault. Just a bad, tricky dangerous situation.
Dave February 16, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Chris, I agree that people need to take responsibility for safe driving. However, it's also the government's responsibility to ensure that roadways are safe to use. If this were a less populated area, a patch of ice would rarely result in a fatal accident. In this area, the traffic density is such that any mistake is likely to evolve into a multiple-vehicle accident. Thus, the government fails on two counts: one for failing to adequately salt the roads, and the second for failing to adequately expand the capacity of the road network in this area to handle the traffic volume.

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