Icy roads in Harford County contribute to 14 accidents in just over four hours Saturday




Yesterday’s icy roads led to 14 motor vehicle accidents in just more than four hours yesterday evening. Here are the details from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services:

Icy Roads Result in Numerous Accidents in Harford County

(Forest Hill, MD) – – The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) reports numerous motor vehicle accidents throughout the county as the result of icy, slippery road conditions. Fourteen emergency calls for service were dispatched by the Harford County 9 1 1 Center between 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014.

Eleven of the 14 accidents resulted in property damage only. Two accidents were reported with injuries and one accident involved a rescue.

Icy, slippery conditions on both county and state roads have been reported throughout the county as the temperature dropped below freezing late Saturday afternoon. Roads and bridges that were wet or slushy from melting snow have refrozen, thus making driving conditions challenging.

Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Harford County during the hours 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sunday. Less than one inch of freezing rain is expected early Sunday morning changing to rain by mid-day Sunday.

The Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways will report for duty at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning to begin treating roads.

Commenting on the treacherous driving conditions, Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said, “As roads refreeze motorists must reduce speed, keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of them and exercise caution. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through at least mid-day Sunday, which can adversely affect driving conditions,” Ayers added.

For additional information on storm preparedness, visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org or call 410-638- 4900.