In The Region


December 16, 2008

Hatem bridge closures are to continue

Closures of the westbound lane of the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge between Perryville and Havre de Grace along U.S. 40 will continue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights through Dec. 23, the Maryland Transportation Authority said yesterday. The lane closures had been scheduled to end today but are being extended because of expected inclement weather, officials said. In addition, eastbound traffic will be delayed for as long as 30 minutes about 8 p.m. and again about 4:30 a.m. Crews are moving barrier walls as part of a $56 million bridge preservation project that began in June. The westbound detour will direct motorists to northbound Route 222, southbound Interstate 95 and eastbound Route 155 before returning to U.S. 40.

Mary Gail Hare

AAMC clinical team delivers quintuplets

A 37-member clinical team has successfully delivered quintuplets, the first ever born at Anne Arundel Medical Center, the 106-year-old hospital announced yesterday. The mother and babies - four girls and a boy - are doing well, the hospital reported. The hospital did not reveal when the quintuplets were born. Medical center spokesman Justin Paquette said the mother is not from the area. According to recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics, fewer than 70 births of five babies or more occur each year in the United States.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Man's legs severed as he tries to board train

A man's legs were severed yesterday afternoon when they became caught beneath the wheel of a southbound light rail train, Maryland Transit Administration officials said. The man, who MTA officials believe to be in his 40s, was struck about 4:30 p.m. as the train departed from a station at Howard and Fayette streets. The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, MTA officials said. Witnesses said the man was running alongside the train, trying to board it.

Brent Jones

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