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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Icy conditions cause slips, falls, injuries

By Elizabeth Flock

One person is in serious condition and more than a dozen others are being treated at Washington area hospitals Tuesday after slipping and falling on ice, hospital officials report.

Suburban Hospital in Bethesda said they have one patient in serious condition and seven others with injuries after ice, sleet and freezing rain fell over large parts of the region overnight leaving roads and sidewalks hazardous to navigate.

Three patients were admitted to the emergency room of Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District due to falls and outside exposure, officials there said.

Providence Hospital in the District reported treating three people with fractures, one with a broken arm, one with a broken leg and one with a broken hip. Four or five others are being evaluated for their injuries.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and Washington Hospital Center in the District all were reporting a number of ice-related injuries, mostly from falls.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 18, 2011; 12:55 PM ET
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Boo-hoo... if you can't walk on on icy sidewalk without falling, you're probably too uncoordinated for this world.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 18, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Kenk33, karma!

Posted by: pAULA_cOPELAND | January 18, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Whatever Kenk33 -

Anyone may have had a serious problem this morning....and how many people did you try and help???

Some using the internet for nonsense.

Posted by: shadon1 | January 18, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

pAULA_cOPELAND wrote: Kenk33, karma!

Yes! I started to write the exact same thing. :)

Posted by: ctree | January 18, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Listen, if a person slips and falls over a little ice, there is no one to blame but themselves; mostly for being stupid for not noticing/compensating for the fact there is ice on the ground.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 18, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kenkman, Paula, you SO don't get it. Older, less flexible people are especially careful in conditions like these - and still fall prey to injuries. A lot of factors can cause a bad fall - black ice concealing bumps and cracks in pavement; sometimes you don't have boots with the right soles; or only have tennis shoes that look like they should provide traction on ice but just don't. There aren't walksays or railings or often even a willing stranger who'll allow you to grab him or her to catch yourself if you begin to slip. And even when you're doing everything you should exactly right, watching and testing where your feet land, someone can unintentionally bump into you and throw off your balance on the ice. For pity's sake

Posted by: annew1 | January 18, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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