Icy conditions cause overnight accidents in Harford Sunday

Schools, government offices opened at normal time Monday, as highway crews worked through night to salt roads

December 16, 2013|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Icy conditions and crashes were reported on several Harford County roads overnight Sunday, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services said.

The State Highway Administration encountered icy conditions on several roads it maintains in Harford.

County government and Harford County Public opened at their normal times Monday morning and roads were largely clear of ice in time for the morning rush Monday, emergency services spokesman Bob Thomas said.

"Spotty patches of ice but for the most part traffic is moving at the posted speed limits," Thomas said at about 10:15 a.m. "The Emergency Operations Center was not activated over the weekend for Saturday's snow event.  [The Department of Emergency Services is] on normal operations today.

The Harford County 911 Center reported that accidents occurred Sunday night that were attributed to icy road surfaces, including several on Route 543 in the Bel Air area and a single vehicle accident involving a Sheriff's Office cruiser in the 1700 block of Singer Road in Joppa.

The deputy was responding to an emergency call at about 8:30 p.m. when his patrol car slid on a long stretch of black ice, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said Monday morning.

"He was alone in the car and no other vehicles were involved in the crash," Kahler said. "[The] deputy was not injured."

According to an emergency services news release issued late Sunday night, icing situations were reported at the following locations:

• Red Pump Road and St. Francis Drive near Bel Air;

• The 3600 block of Old Level Road in the Level area near Havre de Grace;

• Several areas along Route 543, or South Fountain Green Road, near Bel Air;

• Northbound on along Route 1, the Bel Air Bypass, in the Bel Air area.

Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways deployed personnel and equipment to begin salting county roads, according to the emergency services release, which also warned motorists to exercise caution when beginning their morning commute.

"Melting snow left many roads wet which then iced over as temperatures in the county fell below freezing Sunday," Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said. "The result of the subfreezing temperatures has left many roads and bridges covered with a thin layer of ice, which ultimately caused a number of accidents."

Check back with http://www.explorehaford.com for updates.

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