Lit­tle bit of snow leaves be­hind a slew of ac­ci­dents

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MARTINWEIL weilm@wash­

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.

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