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Emergency Services Responding to Weather-Related Accidents

Through out the day, snow and sleet affected traffic everywhere especially the major roadways in the four-state area.
WHAG NEWS--Through out the day, snow and sleet affected traffic everywhere especially the major roadways in the four-state area.  According to emergency dispatchers, hundreds of weather related accidents happened.

Road crews in the four-state region, especially in Pennsylvania were ready for whatever Mother Nature was going to bring our way Thursday. Officials did not take any chances, staffing extra personnel, as well as implementing 45-mile an per hour speed restrictions on Interstate 81 and US Route 11 in Franklin County.

"It takes a lot more salt to melt a pound of snow, when it's 6 degrees or minus one, it also affects our trucks, our fuel is subject to gelling," says Don Guthridge of PennDOT.

The afternoon snow caused the most accidents in Berkeley County, where officials tell us they responded to more than 50 crashes, most of them along Interstate 81. In Frederick County, Maryland State Police put a snow emergency plan into effect, designating all the US and state roadways as emergency routes. It was a lot of action, in just a matter of hours, but it was a storm that crews were equipped to handle.

"Being that they are diesel trucks, that could affect our operations, play significantly," says Guthridge. "We do have mechanics on staff they come out get us running pretty quick."

Dispatchers say a couple of roads were shut down for a few hours, due to weather-related accidents.

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