Icy conditions snarl traffic in Anne Arundel County

A series of accidents impacted commuters in Anne Arundel County Friday morning as freezing rain moved through the area.

Anne Arundel County police report about 70 accidents in less than three hours.  

Some major highways in the county were also the site of accidents. Friday morning four vehicles crashed on U.S. Route 50 near the exit onto Rowe Boulevard. Both exit ramps for eastbound traffic were closed temporarily because of the accident.

Later, an accident involving a school bus took place on MD Route 450 at Huntwood Drive. The road was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions as a result of the crash. Anne Arundel County police said the bus was from Prince George's County and was going to The Harbor School. It was fully loaded with students, but it hit a parked car and there were no injuries. It is unclear whether the accident was weather-related.

Anne Arundel County police said they had responded to around 70 crashes between 5:45 and 8:30 a.m. Also included in this was a 12-car crash at 7 a.m. on the Route 198 ramp onto I-295. There were no injuries reported.

"People need to be smart and careful out there," said Lt. T.J. Smith, a spokesman with Anne Arundel County police. "They can't drive like they usually do."

Also of issue to many in Anne Arundel County was that the public schools system decided to operate on a regular schedule Friday.

The school system issued a statement to parents shortly before 9 a.m. which explained that changing weather conditions, "put our school system in a difficult predicament with regard to school operations."

The statement went on to say that absences Friday will be excused and employees who have difficulty making it to work should contact supervisors to make arrangements for the day.

"Parents should make the decisions they feel are best for their children without worry that children will be penalized for missing school," the statement from the school system reads.

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