Slippery roads cause accidents around the state

November 06, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Rain-slicked roads caused at least 90 traffic accidents in Baltimore yesterday, but only two people suffered serious injuries, police reported.

Police in other metropolitan area jurisdictions also reported a number of accidents.

"Between the weather, the rain-slicked roads and the falling leaves, the number of accidents kept officers quite busy across the city," said Sam Ringgold, the police spokesman.

Between midnight and 3 p.m. yesterday, police responded to 90 accidents, Mr. Ringgold said. One of those involved six vehicles on the Jones Falls Expressway and caused a massive backup and the closing of a northbound section for about four hours. The National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport reported that by 4 p.m, 0.15 inches of rain had fallen.

About 10 a.m on the JFX, a motorist traveling northbound lost control of his car on the wet roadway and slammed into two other cars, Mr. Ringgold said.

The spokesman said the operator of a tractor-trailer attempted to avoid the accident but struck the Jersey barrier at the Northern Parkway exit ramp and was ejected from the rig.

The driverless truck then caromed back across the roadway and came to rest against another barrier, Mr. Ringgold said.

Then two other motorists, trying to avoid the tractor-trailer, smashed into each other, police said.

Only the operator of the tractor-trailer, George E. Rhodes, 44, of Richmond, Va., was seriously injured. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was in fair condition last night, a spokeswoman said.

Also about 10 a.m., a tow truck operator reportedly drove through a stop sign in East Baltimore and slammed into the side of a pick-up truck, Mr. Ringgold said. The tow-truck operator was on his way to tow a vehicle from an accident scene.

Mr. Ringgold said a passenger in the 1984 Ford pick-up, Charles A. Evans, 32, of the first block of W. Barney St., was ejected upon impact and fell beneath the wreckage.

A Fire Department rescue team extricated Mr. Evans. He was in fair but stable condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

The driver of the tow truck, Paul Powers, 23, of the 5000 block of Morello Road, was charged with failing to stop for the stop sign, Mr. Ringgold said.

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County police responded to six accidents, two of which involved school buses, said Florence Steffen, a police spokeswoman. Neither bus accident resulted in injuries, but motorists received minor injuries in the other collisions, she said.

Howard County

Howard County reported 11 accidents, none of which resulted in serious injury, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, the police spokesman.

Baltimore County

Although Baltimore County police were unable to provide an exact figure on the number of accidents, they, too, said they were "very busy" most of the day responding to minor accident calls.

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