- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Several accidents yesterday during the morning commute resulted in the deaths of two motorists and brought traffic to a standstill in parts of the region.

In Fort Washington, a 16-year-old male died and six other persons were injured in a two-vehicle crash at Indian Head Highway and Fort Washington Road, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 9 a.m. when a Saturn going north on the highway, also known as Route 210, collided at the intersection with a southbound Honda, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Police Department.

The Saturn overturned and killed the front-seat passenger, Alexander Bousquet of Colchester, Conn. The 19-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger in the vehicle were hospitalized in critical condition.

The driver of the Honda, an adult male, and his three young children, all younger than 10, had minor-to-serious injuries, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the county’s fire department.

The intersection was closed for much of the morning while authorities investigated the accident and cleared the scene.

Cpl. Richardson said witnesses reported the accident occurred when the Saturn, which had Connecticut tags, was trying to turn onto Fort Washington Road against a red light from the lane adjacent to the turn lane.

However, investigators have yet to release the official cause of the accident.

A second fatal accident in the county occurred about 45 minutes later when a dump truck overturned on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway.

Mr. Brady said the driver was killed in the mishap between Route 202 and Route 50 at the Glenarden Parkway overpass.

“For whatever reason, the driver lost control, skidded along the Jersey wall and made impact with the overpass,” he said.

The truck was carrying dirt, which spilled onto the left lane of the Outer Loop, closing the left lanes on both sides of the Beltway and causing a major backup.

The state police were investigating the crash and withholding the victim’s name until family members could be notified.

The first major accident in the region yesterday occurred at 6 a.m. when a Mazda collided with a Ford F350 truck on Interstate 95 near Columbia, Md.

Sgt. Russell Newell, a state police spokesman, said the accident blocked southbound traffic on I-95 just north of Route 175, causing backups an estimated three miles long. All lanes were reopened about an hour later.

The driver of the Mazda had to be cut from the vehicle and was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Sgt. Newell said.

The driver’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

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