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November 25, 2001

In Maryland

Rain-slick roads cause accidents in Baltimore area

A light rain caused numerous traffic accidents yesterday in the Baltimore area, police said. Rain-related accidents tied up traffic on Route 32 near Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Interstate 95 near Gunpowder Road, and on Merrymans Mill Road near Warren Road.

Because very little rain has fallen this month, the drizzle brought a layer of oil up from most city streets, said Parks Camp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. "When you haven't had rain for a while, the first little bit of rain makes the roads really slick," he said.

As of 11 p.m., 0.15 inches had fallen in Baltimore, according to Camp. There is a 70 percent chance of rain today, Camp said. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally a heavy travel day.

In Anne Arundel

Rescue workers free youth trapped in trench

PASADENA - Fire crews from Anne Arundel and Howard counties rescued a 17-year-old Pasadena youth yesterday from a trench he was trapped in for nearly three hours.

Garrett Munker was digging in his front yard on Meadow Wick Court with his father and two other men in an attempt to reach a broken water line, said Anne Arundel Fire Department Capt. Bob Rose.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Munker fell into the 5-foot-deep hole, Rose said. Dirt collapsed around him, burying him up to his thighs. Rescue crews used a vacuum truck and shovels to remove the dirt, and the teen-ager was freed at 6:43 p.m. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for observation, Rose said.

In Baltimore City

Man critically injured when fire burns home

Six people were evacuated from their homes when a neighboring house caught fire in West Baltimore, and a Northwest Baltimore man was critically injured when flames swept through his home yesterday.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Sinai Hospital in cardiac arrest, said fire dispatch administrator Paul Demme.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 6:18 p.m. in the 2900 block of Woodland Ave. and was brought under control at 7:59 p.m.

Earlier yesterday, neighbors were evacuated after a deserted rowhouse caught fire in the 800 block of N. Carey St.

The blaze began about 11:15 a.m. and quickly spread through the three-story building. No injuries were reported.

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