Morning rain ices Md. roads, causing spate of accidents

December 16, 1990

Morning rain turned into ice when it hit Maryland roads and bridges yesterday, forcing police to close an Interstate 95 bridge and causing a 20-car pileup on the Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

Police across Maryland reported numerous minor accidents caused by icy roads -- the first of the season for many areas east of the mountains.

Howard County was especially hard hit, and police reported a shortage of accident forms because of all the fender-benders.

State police said the 20-car pileup occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 895, near U.S. 1.

Only one person required hospital treatment -- for a broken ankle. Police blamed the accident on slippery road conditions.

Ice and several accidents prompted police to close the Patapsco River Bridge on I-95 in Howard County from about 7:30 a.m. to 8:30a.m.

Amet Figueroa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said temperatures dipped to the upper 20s overnight and chilled bridge and road surfaces.

At the same time, a mass of rain-laden clouds moved over the cold air and trapped it.

When the rain fell, it hit cold bridge and road surfaces and froze, he said.

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