- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Authorities reopened a stretch of Georgia Avenue in Wheaton after being unable to identify the source of an odor in the area on Monday.

County fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia said a manhole cover somehow crashed through the windshield of a car, striking the motorist on Monday afternoon. The driver was hospitalized with traumatic injuries.

Police who responded to that incident reported an unidentifiable odor in the area. As hazmat crews and utility companies investigated, they shut down Georgia Avenue between Plyers Mill Road and Dennis Avenue. Capt. Garcia said two of the three lanes would be reopened.

Capt. Garcia said crews could not identify the source of the odor. Some residents in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

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