City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

August 22, 2008

Two dead, one injured in five-vehicle accident

The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was snarled yesterday by a major early-morning accident in which two motorists died.

All lanes of the parkway in the area of the Powder Mill Road exit in Prince George's County were blocked until about 10:30 a.m, according to authorities.

The accident happened shortly after 5 a.m. and involved five vehicles, including one motorcycle, according to Maj. Erroll George, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. He said most of the collisions happened in the southbound lanes and that the U.S. Park Police, which has jurisdiction over the portion of the parkway where the accident occurred, investigated the accident. According to the park police, a sedan crossed the median into the southbound lanes near Powder Mill Road.

The deceased were identified as motorcyclist Ronald Wayne Meader, 48, of Severn and Leroy Tyler, 60, of Washington, who was driving a Mitsubishi Laser.

The accident occurred on the portion of the parkway that cuts through the sprawling National Agricultural Research Center, north of Greenbelt.

Gus G. Sentementes and the Associated Press

Baltimore

Courts

Program manager pleads guilty to theft

The manager of a Baltimore parents program called Young Fathers/Responsible Fathers pleaded guilty this week to stealing money meant for participants and was sentenced to six months in jail. Anthony Nevard Williams, 48, had managed the program since its inception in 1994. Between 2001 and 2004, Williams stole $128,925 that was supposed to go to program participants, according to the Maryland attorney general's office, which prosecuted the case in city Circuit Court.

Julie Bykowicz

Interstate 95

City-County line

2-mile stretch closed after truck, car crash

Police closed a two-mile stretch of southbound Interstate 95 near the Baltimore County-city line for several hours yesterday after a truck carrying used cooking oil overturned.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. when a Ford Mustang collided with a truck carrying a small tankard of deep-frying oil, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. The oil spilled over all four lanes, forcing authorities to close down the stretch, about a mile south of the I-95/895 split and just north of Eastern Avenue, police said.

Southbound traffic was diverted to Interstate 895.

Police said the truck's driver was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the Mustang was not hurt.

Crews needed more than three hours to clean up the spill using sandbags and an absorbent.

Brent Jones

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