5 Dead Amid Winter Storm

Virginia State Police respond to over 230 accidents
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 13, 2019 4:35 PM CST
5 Dead Amid Winter Storm
Morgan Miller carries her one-year-old daughter Mia Jennings in one arm as she shovels the stairs to her Springfield home with the other Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.   (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents, the AP reports. Virginia State Police say the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 because of slick road conditions. Police say Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers. The two tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The state medical examiner was expected to determine later whether Harris' death was storm-related.

Virginia State Police say they responded to more than 230 traffic crashes and helped more than 100 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to noon Sunday. The storm knocked out power for nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Sunday, seeking to help utility crews restore electricity more quickly after power lines fell due to freezing rain, ice, and toppled trees. In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning. Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said parts of the region could expect snow to continue falling into Sunday evening.

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