As the winter weather that occurred over much of the weekend is finally wrapping up over much of the country, we are now seeing the impacts it has left behind. The system that brought snow and ice to much of the Midwest and east coast, has claimed several lives.
In Missouri, at least three deaths are being blamed on the icy conditions. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 13-year old girl died from injuries suffered in an accident early Friday in Laclede County in southwest Missouri. The report says a tractor-trailer lost control on ice on Interstate 44, striking a Jeep Renegade driven by the girl’s mother. Reports say two men, ages 72 and 56, died in separate accidents when the vehicles they were in went out of control on ice.
In Michigan, a 73 year-old man died Saturday following a head-on crash in Barry County’s Baltimore Township. Sheriff’s officials told WOOD-TV a vehicle traveling north on M-37 went into a southbound lane to avoid a crash and struck the man’s vehicle.
Saturday morning in Virginia, a 23-vehicle wreck occurred on I-495 in Fairfax County. A deceased man was found lying on the shoulder of a road approximately a mile north of I-495 where the 23-car pileup occurred. It was confirmed that the deceased person left their car on foot, which was disabled in the major pileup.
Indiana State police confirmed that there were two fatal crashes in Marion County as icy conditions gripped roads and interstates Friday night into Saturday afternoon.
Three people died in the Oklahoma City area Saturday, where an eight-car pileup also occurred.
The biggest accident happened in Baltimore, Maryland, when a tanker truck carrying petrol skidded off a highway and exploded. Two people died in the 55-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 as the result of tanker truck accident.