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Massive pileup accident leads to deaths, injuries

Winter storms can quickly slow traffic, cause accidents and make the roads dangerous for everyone out and about. It's important that you know what to do if you're involved in an accident because of the weather. The first step is always to seek medical attention, and then you can move on to speaking with your insurance agent and legal professional about the steps to take next.

Living in Maryland, you're likely to see some terrible weather in the winter, and the end of 2016 went out with a major storm. Two people were killed in a chain-reaction crash in Baltimore, and nearly 70 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup. The highway, Interstate 95, was backed up, and close to two dozen people had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

Some of the injuries reported included head trauma and broken bones. A total of nine deaths were reported across the time period of the storm on Dec. 17. Many reports blamed slick roads for the collisions that took so many lives.

Temperatures also dropped, and freezing rain made roads slick and impassable. In Baltimore, one of the largest accidents that took place involved a tanker carrying gasoline. It skidded off the highway and exploded, but police are not exactly sure what caused the crash.

These accidents could have been prevented in many cases, as bad weather is predictable. If you think the weather may be bad, reconsider heading out, and make sure you have time to slow down and drive safely if you have to be on the roads.

Source: WTOP, "Winter storm socks Midwest, East, spawning accidents, deaths," Dec. 17, 2016

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