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UPDATE: Slick Roads Cause Multiple Crashes, SHA Responds to Claims

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 FRUITLAND, Md.- Mother nature was up to no good Friday morning, causing a lot of trouble on the roads. Slick road conditions are being blamed for four crashes on the Route 13 bypass in Fruitland and two crashes in Sharptown.

The Route13 bypass, just south of Fruitland, was a dangerous place to be Friday morning. Maryland State Police said two inmates and two correctional officers were in an Eastern Correctional Institution van that overturned after hitting an ice patch.

Three other accidents happened in the same area. Once car lost control and stopped in a ditch. Minor injuries were reported in those accidents. 

Meantime, troopers reported two other accidents on the Sharptown Bridge shortly after the Fruitland crashes.

Carl Cropper of Laurel, Del. was in the passenger seat of a car damaged heavily on the far right side. He and his wife were rear-ended in a pickup truck in the middle of the bridge.

State police said their crash was the result of another accident, on the bridge moments earlier, that spun out of control.

“I was messed up. I was like' what the', I ain't know what was going on,” Cropper said. “I'm like what happened ; then, my wife was like ‘we got hit'."

Police and a family friend came to their rescue. Cropper said he and his wife were free of injuries. However, he said he could not figure out why the bridge was not pre-treated for ice.

 “The bridge was terrible,” Cropper said. “I can't believe they [Maryland State Highway Administration] did not put anything down on the bridge."

Gee Williams, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration said the roads were bare overnight because they were dry.

“There was no warning or expectation that there would be moisture combined with freezing temperatures to cause a quick icing of some isolated spots, primarily in Wicomico County.

Crews were immediately dispatched across the Lower Shore to treat bridges and roads following the crashes.
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