Winter storm slams parts of US, causing accidents, deaths

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(AP) – The nation’s mid-section and East Coast are reeling after a pre-winter storm caused hundreds of accidents on icy roads and put a crimp on Christmas shopping.

At least nine deaths are blamed on the slick roads and authorities are investigating a few other traffic fatalities as possibly weather-related. Perhaps the biggest accident happened in Baltimore, when a tanker carrying gasoline skidded off a highway and exploded.

Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark says two people died in the 55-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95. Hospital officials say nearly two dozen people were treated for injuries including broken bones and head trauma.

Clark says it’s too early to determine the cause of the crash.

It’s unclear whether the pileup started before the tanker crash or was caused by it. The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed while crews cleaned up the mess.(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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