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Freezing Rain Generated Nearly 100 Calls to Allegany County 911

December 13th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Joint Communications Center answered 98 emergency (911) line requests for assistance and 170 administrative police lines for service in an hour and a half today, according to Communications Chief Bryan Miller. 

“Our center began handling emergency calls around 7:30 a.m. reporting crashes along I-68 between Frostburg and LaVale,” Miller said. “As the rain fell it began freezing on bridges and road surfaces causing a chain reaction across the county.”

Miller said fire and EMS units shut the interstate both east and westbound down between Frostburg and LaVale due to vehicle crashes. The cross-town bridge was closed as Cumberland Fire Department and Cumberland City Police responded for crashes. Miller added that a roller-over crash with several other vehicles involved was reported on I-68 near mile marker 56 (Flintstone). Units were also dispatched to mile marker 65 for a reported crash. 

“With assistance from State Highways the interstate is open in all locations currently and the crashes have been cleared,” Miller said. “No serious injuries were reported or transported from the incidents.”

“The highly skilled, dedicated and professional communications staff did a remarkable job today with the many active incidents across the county and amount of 911 and administrative calls into the Joint Communications Center,” Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Deputy Director Roger Bennett said. “Our staff are the first contact the public have with emergency services and days like today it is an honor to be part of such a committed team.”

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