The Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack responded to and investigated more than 30 collisions between 8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, as snow and rain pelted Carroll County.
“Basically, in 39 hours, we handled 32 collisions,” said Barrack Commander Lt. Rebecca Bosley on Tuesday afternoon.
There was only one roadway closure in the county during that time, she said, on Feb. 11 due to the fatal collision on Md. 26 — where Kristy Renee Conners, 44, of Mount Airy, was pronounced dead at the scene of an early morning crash on Liberty Road in the New Windsor postal code near Taylorsville.
“This was closed for the investigation and re-opened once the roadway investigation portion was completed,” said Bosley.
There were seven collisions on New Washington Road, Md. 97; five collisions on Ridge Road, Md. 27; five collisions on Sykesville Road, Md. 32; two collisions on Interstate 70 and two collisions on Old Taneytown Road, Md. 832.
MSP responded to one collision each on Gamber Road, Md. 91; Baltimore Boulevard, Md. 140; and Hampstead Mexico Road, Md. 482.
The Barrack Commander reminds Carroll County residents to exercise caution in perilous conditions, because although weather is not the cause of a collision, it can be a contributing factor — and although she can recommend residents stay home, she understands they have to jobs to go to and lives to live.
“Weather is always a factor,” she said, “but we don't say weather is the cause of a collision. The cause of a collision is: Someone did something wrong. It’s the law of physics. You have to have some kind of human input to have some kind of outcome.
“The Maryland State Highway Administration as well as our county, and local partners were actively treating the roadways prior to and during this recent weather,” she said. “All efforts to mitigate weather-related roadway conditions were aggressively met. … Currently, all state roadways in Carroll County are open and have been treated.”