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January 07, 2008|By Richard Irwin

Harford County : Bel Air

Truck, car collide; 2 killed, 2 injured

Two people were killed and two others were injured after a car and a pickup truck collided yesterday afternoon on Conowingo Road north of downtown Bel Air, state police said.

About 3:30 p.m., a 1994 Honda Civic driven by Jason Metz, 33, of the 100 block of Hickory Ave. in Bel Air was traveling north on Conowingo Road north of Henderson Road at high speed when it crossed the center turn lane, entered the southbound lane and sideswiped a 2001 Ford sedan driven by Stacey Lynn Bell of Hampstead, said Trooper 1st Class Sean Harris of the Bel Air barracks.

Harris said the Honda continued in the southbound lane before crashing head-on into a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Michelle Vickers of Bel Air.

Harris said Metz and his passenger, Shanna Osani, 23, also of the 100 block of Hickory Ave., were pronounced dead at the scene.

He said Vickers and Phillip Baumgen of Bel Air, a passenger in the pickup, were treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. Bell, the driver of the sideswiped sedan, was not injured, Harris said.

As of yesterday, six people have died on the state's roadways, compared with two the same time last year, said state police at Pikesville, adding that the two people killed yesterday near Bel Air were not included in this year's count.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County

: Dundalk

Townhouse fire called suspicious

A single-alarm fire yesterday afternoon in a Dundalk townhouse that also damaged two adjacent units and displaced at least two occupants has been called suspicious and is under investigation, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department said. There were no injuries.

Reported at 12:36 p.m., the fire in the 3400 block of Dunhaven Road near Logan Village Shopping Center sent heavy smoke and flames from one townhouse at the end of a group and caused serious damage to the first and second floors of two adjoining dwellings, said Lt. John Cromwell, the spokesman.

At least 40 firefighters and support personnel from stations at Dundalk, Edgemere, Eastview, Wise Avenue, North Point-Edgemere, Middle River and Sparrows Point brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

At least one ambulance also was dispatched.

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