STEVENSVILLE — A driver was injured Friday afternoon, Feb. 19, when her vehicle was struck by a piece of ice on the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police responded to the accident at 3:20 p.m., according to Cpl. Brady McCormick. Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and emergency crews from Anne Arundel County also responded.
"It is unclear if the ice came from another vehicle or the bridge," McCormick said. The first caller indicated the ice came from a passing vehicle, but there were also reports of ice falling from the bridge.
The driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries, McCormick said.
The crash left eastbound commuters stuck in traffic for miles as crews worked to clear the disabled vehicle, ice and debris from the bridge lanes. At one point the delay extended for five miles, according to Bay Span.
"The MDTA Police ask drivers to do their part and remove ice and snow from their vehicles prior to driving," McCormick said.
MDTA crews continuously monitor the bridge, he said, adding that during natural weather events, snow and ice has the potential to accumulate at various points on the structure.
Drivers should stay alert for changing traffic patterns, as the MDTA will proactively close lanes temporarily as a safety precaution due to weather conditions — such as falling ice.
Dangerous conditions caused bridge lanes on either span to be closed into the evening causing an eastbound backup resembling summer beach traffic.