- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 28, 2008

DISTRICT

CSX coal train derails in Northeast

A CSX freight train hauling coal derailed in Northeast, company officials said Saturday.

Three cars of the 80-car train ran off the tracks near 35th and East Capitol streets Friday night. Company officials said the train derailed while being backing into a rail yard.

The D.C. fire department said no hazardous materials were spilled and nobody was injured.

MARYLAND

BETHESDA

Water main cracks delay road opening

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said crews have found more cracks in a water main that broke along River Road and the road will not reopen by Monday morning rush hour.

An agency spokesman said the best estimate for reopening the busy commuter artery in Bethesda is the middle of next week.

The pipe broke Tuesday, sending a rush of water onto River Road, and several motorists had to be rescued from their vehicles.

The agency has yet to determine what caused the break but said “considerable corrosion of the pipe” has been found where the break occurred.

Engineers said two other 16-foot sections of the 5-foot-wide pipe showed cracks and also must be replaced. A fourth section must be replaced to allow access to them.

UPPER MARLBORO

Train collides with pickup

A CSX train hit a pickup truck in Upper Marlboro on Saturday afternoon, according to Prince George’s County authorities.

Mark Brady, county fire department spokesman, said a man driving his truck had an unknown medical emergency on Cheltenham Road. He said the truck was either crossing the tracks or was stopped when it was hit by the train.

The train struck the bed portion of the truck, causing the vehicle to spin.

The driver was taken to a hospital. Mr. Brady said the man’s injuries appeared to be more a result of the medical emergency than trauma from the accident.

Authorities say there are no derailment or hazardous material concerns.

CLINTON

Traffic stop stymies kidnapping, robbery

A traffic stop led troopers to a kidnapping and attempted bank robbery, state police said Saturday.

The series of events began Friday when two suspects tied up a couple at their Clinton home and held them overnight.

Early Saturday morning, the suspects forced the couple and their two sons, ages 8 and 11, into the family car. They ordered the father to drive to the SunTrust Bank in Silver Spring, where the wife is the manager.

A trooper stopped them for driving erratically on Interstate 495, near Route 1. When the man told the trooper the suspect had a gun, the trooper arrested the suspect.

Police said the suspect planned to have the woman help him rob the bank.

Authorities continue to search for a second suspect. Police found no one at the family’s home.

COLLEGE PARK

Church mugging victim dialed 911

An elderly man who was beaten in a College Park church parking lot on Christmas Eve managed to call 911 after the attack, according to police.

The victim, Wayne Williams, 69, of Greenbelt, used his cell phone, and before collapsing gave the operator a few details about where he was and a brief description of the suspect who beat him with a baseball bat.

Mr. Williams was last listed in critical condition, but his injuries were no longer life-threatening.

He was found in the parking lot of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park. Authorities continue to search for the suspect.

VIRGINIA

Officials look to ease inauguration traffic

Northern Virginia officials are looking for ways to ease traffic congestion during the presidential inauguration, over concerns that highways could get too packed to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

M. Jay Farr, deputy chief of the Arlington County Police Department, said officials are drafting alternative routes in case traffic backs up on Route 50, Lee Highway, Columbia Pike and other primary bus routes.

Deputy Chief Farr said police want to use street signs to let drivers know about road closings.

Authorities from across the region are working with inauguration planners to help prevent transportation woes.

MARTINSVILLE

Hunter kills self in gun accident

A North Carolina man was killed in a hunting incident in Patrick County, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said Saturday.

The victim was identified as John Rosenbalm Sr., 62, of Thomasville, N.C. He died Friday at the scene of the incident in the Spencer area, agency officials said. They also said Mr. Rosenbaum apparently died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred as he was getting ready to hunt with his son.

Officials say the victim died instantly.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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