Big alarm, no clock

Arundel Digest

truck crashes through Glen Burnie...

June 15, 2000

Big alarm, no clock; truck crashes through Glen Burnie bedroom

Mark Beck has had better mornings, and better wake-up calls.

A parked 1999 Ford truck was pushed through a brick wall into the bedroom of Beck's Glen Burnie apartment about 9 a.m. yesterday, missing the night-shift worker's bed by barely 2 feet, the county fire department said.

The truck had been pushed into the apartment in the 7500 block of Furnace Branch Road by a 1997 Dodge automobile, whose driver apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel, police and fire officials said.

Neither Beck, 36, nor the driver of the car, identified as Michael Herold, 30, of Sunnybrook Drive in Glen Burnie, was injured, police said.

"There was debris and concrete and glass littering the bedroom," said Battalion Chief John M. Scholz, a fire spokesman. He added that Beck "didn't have a scratch."

The car also barely missed the building's gas meter.

The six-unit Country Club Apartments building was evacuated until late in the day when a county inspector determined it was safe for occupancy.

Southbound I-97 closed for two hours by truck crash

Southbound traffic on Interstate 97 was stopped for more than two hours yesterday morning after a dump truck towing a trailer jackknifed, flipped and caught fire near New Cut Road, south of Glen Burnie.

The driver of the All State Plumbing truck, Kelvin L. Baxter of Baltimore, was treated for minor injuries at North Arundel Hospital. Two other employees who were passengers in the truck were released after treatment at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, authorities said.

The southbound lanes were closed from about 8:15 a.m. until 10:43 a.m., police said.

Harbour School students read for 1 million minutes

The milestone of 1 million minutes of reading by students at Harbour School of Annapolis was rewarded yesterday with a celebration that included a rooftop appearance by its director, Linda Jacobs, decked out as Superman.

Jacobs, 59, said she was really portraying "Super Reader," and rose into view from behind a ledge to the accompaniment of a recording of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

The school enrolls 137 learning-disabled students in grades one-12. They took a year and a half to achieve the million-minute challenge in a recreational reading program called "Reading is Pleasurable."

Progress had been recorded in 10,000-minute increments on a special RIP banner, and Jacobs had promised to do something "fun or silly" to celebrate reaching the goal.

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