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Accidents on the rise in Md., Va.

Accidents were on the rise along Virginia and Maryland roadways as night fell Friday and temperatures dropped with one reported traffic fatality by Virginia State Police and Maryland troopers responding to a serious accident, spokesmen for the agencies said.

Maryland State troopers were north of Aberdeen at an accident in which two adults and three children traveling in a van ran into the back of a snow plow on Route 426 at Interstate 95. Troopers did not yet know the extent of injuries but "it appears serious," said state police spokesman Greg Shipley. The plow was operated by a contractor working for the state highway administration, Shipley said. The Maryland State Police had not yet tallied how many crashes they had covered.

In Virginia, state police had responded statewide to 557 traffic crashes -- most for damaged vehicles only -- between midnight and 4:30 p.m. Friday. But the count includes a fatal crash that killed two men who had stopped their minivan to help another disabled car that had spun out of control as the snow hit Wythe County in Southwest Virginia around 1 a.m. The two men were hit by a tractor trailer that jackknifed attempting to avoid the accident scene.

Troopers assigned to the Virginia State Police Fairfax Division had responded to 17 traffic crashes and 61 disabled vehicles between midnight and 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Fairfax Division dispatch center had logged 143 calls for service and 192 calls for information.

Virginia state troopers have also responded to 414 disabled vehicles on the Interstates, and secondary and rural roads across the Commonwealth, said spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

By Michael Bolden  |  February 5, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , highways  | Tags: Virginia Department of Transportation  
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