JARRETTSVILLE, Md. — Digging out from the winter's first snow storm, Jody Manry didn't realize the emergency sirens signaled an accident just across the road from her home at North Bend Elementary School in Jarrettsville.
"What I heard was vehicles earlier, but I thought they were going down there so I didn't even see anything at the school," said Manry as she shoveled her driveway.
The school had delayed opening for two hours, and plows were busy clearing the parking lot when a 62-year old woman stepped behind one as it began backing up and it knocked her to the ground.
"A school employee was struck by a snowplow,” said Rich Gardiner of Harford County Fire/EMS. “Very minor injuries. She was taken to a local trauma facility for treatment."
Paramedics from the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company responded just after nine o'clock and took her to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a precaution.
While the light snow may have appeared to have been a slight nuisance for motorists and homeowners alike, the accident at North Bend Elementary added to a busy morning for emergency responders in Harford County.
"That was one of many incidents for the day in the Jarrettsville area,” said Gardiner. “There was another bus-related incident and there was another motor vehicle collision on another road and there was another house fire up in the Bush's Corner area, which was weather related. It was improperly disposed of ashes, which we need to really reinforce to everybody on how to properly dispose of your ashes from your chimney, your fireplace, from your wood stove."
Deputies with the Harford County Sheriff's Office responded to the pedestrian struck by the plow, and at this point, neither the driver, nor the injured woman have been cited in the incident.