Little bit of snow leaves behind a slew of accidents
It didn’t snow long Saturday morning, but apparently it fell fast enough in Northern Virginia for dozens of vehicles to tangle in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95.
Matters apparently began around 8 a.m. in the southbound lanes near PotomacMills mall.
A truck slid into the rear of a tractor-trailer, which “sparked a chain-reaction crash as a result of the slick, snow-covered lanes,” state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. She said that 52 vehicles were involved and that 10 people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
Prince William County resident Jean Westcott said that when she left home in a car, she did not believe that danger loomed. But, she said, “we could see accidents happening,” and “we got off the road as soon as we could.”
A state highway department spokeswoman said the area involved would have been pretreated, but with cold and snow, “it can still get very slick very quickly.”
It was the third successive day in which snow fell inWashington, but official records listed it as no more than a trace.