City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 13, 2006

Baltimore: Lafayette Avenue

Fire engine and van collide, injuring four

A collision between a city fire engine and a passenger van in West Baltimore yesterday injured four people, including two firefighters.

Engine No. 8 was returning to its station in the 1500 block of W. Lafayette Ave. about 2:15 p.m. from an incident when it was dispatched to a fire in the 1300 block of W. Lafayette Ave., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

With its light and sirens on, the engine entered the intersection at Carey and Baker streets and collided with the van, he said.

Cartwright said two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene, while two of the van's six occupants were taken by ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. The others were apparently unhurt and refused treatment at the scene, Cartwright said.

The accident is being investigated by city police and the Fire Department.

Richard Irwin

Johns Hopkins

Forum to discuss Islam cartoons

A set of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad that has stirred deadly protests in much of the Muslim world will be on display this evening at the Johns Hopkins University as part of a student-sponsored discussion of the controversy.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus, is expected to include panelists from the Ayn Rand Institute, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations.

Region: Charles County

Motorcyclist dies in crash on bridge

A motorcyclist died yesterday after his bike collided with another vehicle on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge between southern Charles County and Virginia, and fell more than 100 feet into the Potomac River, Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported.

The cyclist - whose name was withheld pending family notification - was northbound on the bridge about 1:40 p.m. when for no apparent reason he entered the southbound lane and sideswiped another vehicle, said Cpl. Pamela Thorne, a police spokeswoman.

The motorcycle then crashed into the southbound lane's retaining wall, throwing the operator, who "fell at least 100 feet into the river," Thorne said. She said a boater spotted the man's body moments later, pulled him aboard and took him to a landing, where he was pronounced dead.

Richard Irwin

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