Parkville teenager killed in collision on I-795
A teenager was killed and another was injured yesterday in a collision, police said. Mackenzie Ann Marguerite Papoi, 15, of the 9000 block of Orbitan Road in Parkville was driving a Toyota south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 795 near Franklin Boulevard, police said. Papoi, who had a learner's permit, collided with a Hummer about 3:30 a.m. and was killed, police said. The passenger in the Toyota, Bethany A. Carson, 17, was taken to Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. She was in being treated yesterday afternoon, a hospital official said. The people inside the Hummer were not injured, police said. Police said that alcohol was involved in the crash, police said. No charges were pending.
Pikesville woman killed in crash on icy Route 295
A Baltimore County woman was killed early yesterday after she lost control of her minivan on the icy surface of Route 295 near Dorsey in Anne Arundel County, Maryland State Police said. Yvette Michelle Peoples, 47, of Pikesville was driving a 1999 Dodge Caravan south on 295 shortly before 4 a.m. when she lost control and struck the rear of an ambulance that was parked on the shoulder. The ambulance crew was assisting an accident victim at the site south of Route 195, said state police at the Glen Burnie barracks. Police said the ambulance was unoccupied and that Peoples, the lone occupant of her van, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said five other accidents apparently caused by icy conditions were reported in the same area as the fatal accident.
Traffic pattern changing for I-95 express lane work
The traffic pattern along a portion of southbound Interstate 95 is set to change starting early tomorrow as part of the I-95 express toll lanes project. Starting about 5 a.m., traffic along the three miles between Campbell Boulevard and Rossville Boulevard will shift about 60 feet to the right of the current location, Maryland Transportation Authority officials said, to allow for the new express toll lanes to be constructed. To accommodate the shift to the new traffic pattern, work crews expect to be closing one or two lanes of traffic at a time starting about 7 p.m. tonight. Transportation officials caution motorists to stay alert during the work tonight and pay attention to the overhead road signs and new lane markings that will be in place tomorrow morning. Transportation officials are setting up a system in which motorists will be able to travel along four lanes of general traffic along I-95, and two express lanes that require a toll payment. For more information on the project, go to www.i-95expresstolllanes.com.
Victim of weekend crash in city dies of his injuries
A man who was involved in a crash Saturday night has died, police said. He and two other men were injured when two vehicles collided near an intersection in the Barclay neighborhood, city police said. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives. Shortly before 9:40 p.m., a car occupied by two men was westbound in the 500 block of E. North Ave. near Greenmount Avenue when an eastbound car crossed into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into the westbound vehicle, said police. The drivers of the vehicles were taken by city Fire Department ambulances to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where one of them died a short time later. The other driver was expected to survive. Police said a passenger of the westbound vehicle was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition was not available. The accident remains under investigation.
Metro testing 8-car trains for Inauguration Day
WASHINGTON: Metro officials have said that they are going to test eight-car trains to help accommodate more passengers during President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the longer trains would accommodate about 300 more people. Since 2004, Metro has been upgrading its power substations to handle heavier trains. Taubenkibel said Metro is testing its power supply before the inauguration so it can be prepared for the millions of people who are expected to flood the Washington area Jan. 20.