Friday traffic: Several accidents reported, MARC trains experiencing delays

On a morning when many people woke up to three to six inches of snow, the Maryland Department of Transportation is reporting several incidents at 7:45 a.m., the most serious being a utility incident in the city on Washington Boulevard at Bush Street that has several northbound lanes closed. Only one lane gets by, according to MDOT.

An accident on I-95 in the city just past Eastern Avenue that closed a lane and the shoulder was cleared shortly after 8 a.m.

In Anne Arundel County, the two northbound lanes of Route 170 were closed at Amtrak Way following a two-vehicle collision.

Another accident is in Howard County on I-95 south at Route 175, and has one southbound lane blocked.

And in Harford County, a three-vehicle accident on northbound MD Route 161 near Green Spring Road has the northbound lane and shoulder blocked.

There are also several disabled vehicles reported, including one on Route 50 west in Anne Arundel County near Ritchie Highway. The Maryland Transit Administration is reporting that due to weather conditions, MARC trains on all lines are experiencing anywhere from 10 to 30 minute delays. Metro is honoring MARC tickets, and light rail is running on schedule, according to MTA.

The MARC Brunswick line, which runs to West Virginia, and commuter bus Route 991, which runs between Hagerstown/Frederick and Shady Grove, are running on an "S" schedule, meaning reduced service.

The Bay Bridge is under restrictions that bar house trailers and empty box trailers from crossing.

The Maryland State Highway Administration reports crews have been out plowing and salting. Motorists should use caution as bitter cold temperatures will turn any wet area to ice.

Snow emergency plans are in effect in many counties and drivers are urged to stay behind snow plows. SHA also urges motorists to clear snow completely from vehicles as frozen ice that forms on car roofs can become a dangerous projectile.

Should motorists come upon a traffic signal that is out, state law requires all traffic to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

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