Winter Storm Pounds Mid-Atlantic After Killing At Least 5 In Midwest

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest is pummeling the mid-Atlantic region for a second day, bringing snow, freezing rain and power outages.

Nearly 200,000 people were without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday morning.

The wintry mix was also causing problems at airports in the region, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three main airports serving the nation’s capital.

Virginia State Police say this weekend’s winter storm contributed to a fatal crash on Interstate 81. Police said a military surplus vehicle’s driver lost control due to slick road conditions Saturday night in a southbound lane of I-81 in Pulaski County, leading the vehicle to be struck by two tractor-trailers.

One tractor-trailer and the surplus truck stopped in the median, while the other tractor-trailer crossed northbound lanes and struck a fence.

State police said the surplus vehicle’s driver died at the scene. He was identified as 73-year-old Ronald W. Harris of Gainesville, Georgia. The tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

In Baltimore, a man was fatally shot as he shoveled snow early Sunday morning. Police said a 43-year-old man was outside shoveling at 4:40 a.m. when an unidentified suspect shot him in the shoulder and head. He died at a local hospital.

The storm was expected to continue into Sunday evening.

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