Numerous morning accidents snarl traffic

March 09, 2007|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,Sun Reporter

Many commuters had a longer than usual drive to work yesterday morning as minor accidents slowed traffic on several major roads. By 10 a.m., nearly 30 accidents had been reported in the Baltimore area, state police said.

Many were fender-benders caused by drivers looking at previous accidents, said Sgt. Arthur Betts, a state police spokesman.

A few resulted in minor injuries. In Baltimore, a crash on St. Paul Street caused traffic to back up on the southbound Jones Falls Expressway, city police said.

Betts said the State Highway Administration did not receive any calls to salt icy roads during the morning. Though the accidents could not be directly attributed to icy roads, the weather might have played a role, he said.

"People may not be as cautious when there is no precipitation falling. ... Speeds may have increased today due to the roads being relatively clear," Betts said.

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