3rd ice-related crash in 2 days piles up 9 cars on Route 424

February 18, 1994

Ice on the road led to a nine-car pileup on Route 424 in Davidsonville yesterday, the third ice-related crash in two days, county police said.

A Chevrolet Citation was headed south toward U.S. 50 about 8:15 a.m. when it skidded on the ice and started doing loops in the middle of the highway, said Officer Terry Crowe, a county police spokesman.

The Citation collided head-on with a Corvette, causing a chain reaction of crashes and fender benders as other motorists tried to avoid hitting the two cars.

Two people were treated at Anne Arundel General Hospital, but there were no serious injuries, Officer Crowe said. Only two cars had to be towed, but police had to close part of Route 424 to apply salt to the ice.

The icy spots are created when the run-off from melting snow freezes overnight, Officer Crowe said.

"I would like to warn drivers that the runoff is freezing in the 1morning and to take extra precautions," he said. "It's about one-eighth of an inch of ice out there. You're riding along and the next thing you know, you're skidding."

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