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February 19, 2014

Local crews battle complications from ice

Freezing rain hits area roadways before morning thaw

CUMBERLAND — One person was taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash just after 7 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 68 in the area of M.V. Smith Road, according to the Allegany County 911 Center.

“There were accidents all over the place due to black ice and freezing rain,” said a county dispatcher who said the weather-related wrecks occurred on major roadways beginning at about 6:30 a.m.

Hazardous travel was reported at about the same time in various locations of Mineral County, W.Va., according to the Mineral County 911 Center.

The most serious crash occurred near the 62-mile marker of I-68 where a vehicle traveled out of control and then overturned before coming to rest on its wheels.

One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center following the 7:11 a.m. accident. Orleans Volunteer Fire Department and Flintstone ambulance responded along with Maryland State Police following alert by the 911 center.

In Mineral County, icy roadways temporarily disabled several vehicles until volunteer firefighters assisted or division of highways personnel salted roadways, according to the 911 center.

No injuries were reported in any of the Mineral County incidents logged by the emergency center.

The calls included locations on Scenic Lane in Wiley Ford, Old Furnace Road at Short Gap, Waxler Road between state Routes 956 and 46, Susan Fleek Road in Fountain and locations in the town of Piedmont.

Hazardous road conditions created by the freezing rain shortly after dawn forced cancellation of classes in various school systems in the region and delayed openings by other agencies.

A National Weather Service winter weather advisory cautioning of the icy travel ended at 10 a.m. as the temperature climbed into the upper 30s in Cumberland and surrounding areas.

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