EMMITSBURG, Md. - Police say the weather and speed are to blame for an accident that killed one person in Frederick County, Maryland.
A mangled car and flat tires on a tractor trailer are what's left of a tragic accident that claimed the life of one person.
"This is I believe specifically related to the weather conditions and the operator of the vehicle probably driving too fast for the conditions and losing traction," said Lt. Todd May, commander of the Maryland State Police, Frederick Barrack.
Police say around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Samuel Lewis, 66, of Brunswick, Md., was traveling west in his 2008 Kia Spectra along Route 140 in Emmitsburg, while a 2009 Freightliner tractor trailer was heading east from Pennsylvania. They believe Lewis lost control on the snowy roadway and then collided with the tractor trailer.
"The occupant was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene," May said.
The accident happened near the intersection of Tract Road. The driver of the tractor trailer, Donald Kelly, of Chambersburg, Pa., escaped unharmed.
Police say there have been numerous calls due to the weather.
"We've been extremely busy, more than we would have expected in terms of traffic volume on the roadways," May said. "We've pretty much had continuous calls for either disabled vehicles or mostly minor property damage accidents."
Police have some advice for people driving in the snow.
"I just urge people to stay off the roadways if at all possible and let the road crews do their job," May said. "The less traffic that's on the roadway, the easier it is for them to clear it."
Maryland State Police say the road was shut down for almost seven hours while they removed the tractor trailer.