3 dead in Virginia and Maryland in crashes resulting from ice

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (AP/CNN) — Icy roads are causing major and minor pileups in parts of Virginia and Maryland. CNN reports that three people have died in Maryland and Virginia as a result of accidents stemming from the ice.

In Baltimore, CNN reports that two people died, and others were stranded for hours after a 55-vehicle crash on I-95 around 5 a.m. CNN sourced this information to Baltimore Fire Department spokesperson Roman Clark. CNN also reports that 11 people were hospitalized as a result of the crash.

Baltimore County said on Twitter that between 15 and 20 vehicles were involved in a separate crash on I-695 near Rosedale. Six people were taken to the hospital.

The National Weather Service has issued a wintry weather advisory for the Baltimore area, meaning that periods of sleet and freezing rain through noon will lead to slippery roads and limited visibility.

Virginia State Police say 41 traffic crashes were reported in northern Virginia. It was unclear how many were due to slick roads. One fatality was reported after a crash on I-495 in Fairfax County, according to CNN.