A collision that killed two people today on Md. 136 near Cool Spring Road in Harford County was being blamed on icy roads.
But ice was not a factor today in Montgomery County, where another crash took one life.
Police spokesman Chuck Jackson said the drivers of both cars in the Harford County crash died in the 6:40 a.m. accident, which closed Md. 136 in both directions between U.S.1 and Md. 22 near Churchville.
Police identified the dead as Jennifer Lynn McDougall, 43, of the 1600 block of Poole Road, in Darlington, and Raymond Leroy Roberts Sr., 32, of the 2800 block of Runions Lane in Bel Air.
McDougall was driving a 1986 Mercury Cougar south on 136, and had just come off Deer Creek Bridge when she applied her brakes, skidded on a patch of ice and spun sideways across the center line, police said.
Roberts, a father of five, was driving north in a 1986 Chevrolet pickup and struck the driver's side of McDougall's car.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that neither driver was wearing seat belts and that Roberts' injuries would have been less severe if he had used his seat belt.
Both bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for autopsies to determine the exact cause of death.
Jackson said the ice on Md. 136 formed suddenly sometime after 6 a.m.. State highway crews were called out to treat roads in parts of Harford County.
State Police at the Bel Air barracks investigated several accidents blamed on icy roads. Most of those involved property damage only, Jackson said.
Fred Davis, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, said the low temperature overnight at the Bel Air barracks was 38 degrees, but colder pre-dawn lows north and east of Bel Air could have caused the road icing.
"We did have some rain up until last evening, and there could have been some residual moisture from that rain," Davis said.
Fog that formed and condensed in colder low spots, like a creek valley, might have caused spots of ice.
"It's probably even worse to have that spotty ice," he said. "The trouble comes when people come along and hit that spot."
There was no ice in Montgomery County where a woman driving south on I-270 near Md. 121 in Clarksburg lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the path of a northbound truck.
The woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from her car by the impact.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt, police said.
The woman's identity was withheld until her family was notified.
Traffic on I-270 northbound was blocked for two hours after the 8 a.m. collision.