Winter Weather Causes Messy Road Conditions

Winter Weather Causes Messy Road Conditions

Several inches of snow made for a messy weekend on the roads. Maryland State Police troopers worked around the clock clearing accidents and assisting drivers this past weekend.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Several inches of snow made for a messy weekend on the roads. Maryland State Police troopers worked around the clock clearing accidents and assisting drivers this past weekend. But they're also preparing for the upcoming winter season.

Between 11 a.m. Sunday to 5:30 a.m. Monday morning, Maryland State Police troopers handled 101 roadway accidents and they're preparing for future winter weather.

"We're continuing with our plan of action, we're trying to keep four wheel drive vehicles available to get to places that aren't accessible by police cruiser. Also trying to increase our man power to make sure we have enough troopers on the road to handle the incidents," said Lt. Michael Fluharty, Maryland State Police - Hagerstown Barrack Commander.

But police say the roadway aftermath could have been worse.

"I gotta give a lot of credit to our State Highway they pretreated the roads Saturday evening which eliminated a lot of the problems. State Highways stayed on top of it as much as they could during the heaviest snow yesterday," said Lt. Fluharty.

State Highway officials tell me it took 24 of these big plows behind me plus 57 contracted trucks to pre-treat all the highways and major roads in Washington County on Saturday as they were preparing for Sunday's snow storm.

And if you must drive and get in an accident, police advise that you stay with your car.

"The best thing you can do is stay with your vehicle. We'll get to you eventually, it may take a while but stay in your vehicle. If it's running keep the heat on. You getting out of the vehicle is going to cause another collision," said Lt. Fluharty.

Both Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration are continuing to gear up for the winter season.

Police also suggest that residents have emergency equipment in their cars, just in case of an accident or getting stranded on the roadway.
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