Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

November 10, 2008

Man, 22, dies of injuries from Howard crash

A 22-year-old Columbia man died yesterday, one day after he was thrown from the passenger's seat of a Ford pickup truck that hit a tree in a single-vehicle accident in which the driver fled the scene. Howard County police said Roger Gene Bartug of the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center early Saturday and was pronounced dead shortly after noon yesterday. Bartug was not wearing a seat belt when he was thrown from the Ford Ranger, according to police. Alexander Randolph Camorali, the driver of the truck, fled the scene after the accident, police said; he was arrested several hours later. Camorali, 23, of the 5400 block of Half Flight Garth in Columbia, will likely face hit-and-run charges, police said. The crash occurred at 2:24 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Harper's Farm Road and Twin Rivers Road.

Brent Jones

Amtrak train kills person walking along tracks

A person walking along railroad tracks in Middle River was struck and killed early yesterday by an Amtrak train traveling from Boston to Washington, authorities said. Northeast Regional Train No. 169 fatally struck the person - whose name and gender were not available - just after 2:30 a.m. about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore's Penn Station, according to Karina Romero, an Amtrak spokeswoman. She said that none of the 83 passengers or crew aboard the train was injured in the incident. Amtrak will work with Baltimore County police and the state medical examiner's office in the investigation. The victim was trespassing on railroad property, Romero said. The Northeast Regional trains travel at speeds up to 125 mph, she said. Part of the investigation will be to determine how fast the train was traveling when it struck the victim, she said. The train was allowed to continue to Washington at 5:19 a.m., Romero said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Balto. Co. police identify pedestrian killed Saturday

The man struck and killed by a car Saturday night several blocks from his Middle River home has been identified as John Walter Hartwick Jr., 39, of the 300 block of Shagbark Road, Baltimore County police said. Police said Hartwick was walking south in the 2200 block of Eastern Blvd. near Volz Avenue about 7 p.m. when he was struck by an eastbound Jeep Liberty driven by a 60-year-old Chase woman. Police said Hartwick sustained multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. The woman, whose name was not released, was not injured, police said. The county's crash team is investigating the accident, police said.

Richard Irwin

Floor gives way in house on fire, injuring 2 firefighters

Two firefighters were injured in a house fire yesterday morning in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County, authorities said. The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. in the basement of a 1 1/2 -story house in the 2100 block of Lorraine Ave., county fire officials said. Firefighters entered the home in search of occupants when the first floor collapsed, and two firefighters fell to the basement, said Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman. The firefighters were rescued and treated at the scene by paramedics. They were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for evaluation, Armacost said. A Shock Trauma official said the firefighters were in good condition. The firefighters were identified as Lt. William Allenbaugh and Fire Specialist Kaaren Priester. Armacost said that the house, which had extensive fire damage, was not occupied when fire crews responded and that it had recently changed owners. The one-alarm fire was brought under control by 7:15 a.m., she said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Armed men rob U-Haul in Northwest Baltimore

Two gunmen approached employees and customers at a U-Haul store in Northwest Baltimore yesterday, locked them in an office and then robbed the business, police said. The robbery happened shortly before noon at the business in the 4100 block of W. Northern Parkway, according to Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman. Two men, one wearing a construction hard hat, walked into the store and showed a shotgun and a revolver. The robbers locked six customers and employees in an upstairs room, and then stole about $1,000, Moses said. "When they came in, people thought they were construction workers," Moses said of the robbers. The robbers then ran off, Moses said. Descriptions of the men were not available. No one was injured in the incident.

Gus G. Sentementes

High-speed test track to be built at APG

The Army will break ground Thursday on an $8.8 million high-speed test track at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. The 4.5-mile course to be built at the post's Automotive Technology Evaluation Facility will enable the military to test wheeled and tracked vehicles - some heavily armored and weighing as much as 119 tons - at sustained high speeds. Plans call for a 207-foot-wide oval track with safety runoff areas and grading to enable tracked, wheeled, and robotic vehicles to be tested for endurance, reliability, fuel consumption, acceleration, braking, steering and cooling. Construction will begin immediately on the first phase of the project through a contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded to American Infrastructure of Worcester, Pa.

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