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Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page C03

MARYLAND

Car, Firetruck Collision Hurts 7

Seven people, including four young children, were injured in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County last night when a firetruck on its way to a fire and a car collided.

The crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. as the truck and car were headed east on Riverdale Road and the car tried to turn left onto 64th Avenue, according to a fire department spokesman.

The children, all younger than 10, and a woman driving the car suffered injuries considered serious but not life-threatening. Two firefighters also were injured. Other firefighters put out the trash fire to which the truck was responding.

THE DISTRICT

Worker Burned in Explosion

A worker was treated at a hospital and released yesterday after being burned in an electrical explosion caused by a transformer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., officials said.

A metal bolt fell onto a transformer in an electrical panel in the basement at 550 17th St. NW, causing an explosion shortly before 9 a.m., police said. One of the three workers present was burned.

Man With Machine Gun Hurts 4

Police chased a man with a machine gun through the District and Prince George's County early yesterday after a shooting that left four people wounded in Southeast Washington.

Lafayette Burnett, 22, of the District is charged with violating the National Firearms Act. Police found him with a MAC-11 automatic weapon in a 1998 Lincoln after it crashed into a tree, said D.C. police Sgt. Joe Gentile.

Police said an argument erupted in the 1400 block of Southern Avenue SE. Investigators said Burnett produced the weapon, fired into the crowd, got in the car and fled, Gentile said. Police pursued the car until it crashed at Sixth and Atlantic streets SE.

Burnett was hospitalized with a bullet wound to the leg. Also hospitalized were a 32-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both with multiple gunshot wounds, and a 28-year-old woman and 21-year-old man, each with a single gunshot wound to the leg. Police withheld their identities; Gentile said he did not know their conditions.

VIRGINIA

Driver Blackout Leads to Crash

A tractor-trailer driver was in critical condition last night after a van driver blacked out and swerved into the rig yesterday near the Springfield Mixing Bowl, Virginia State Police said.

Northbound Interstate 95 was shut down for four hours after the 2:30 p.m. crash, and traffic was stopped from Franconia Road in Springfield to Dumfries. Authorities did not identify the drivers and passengers in the crash. All four were at Inova Fairfax Hospital last night, one in critical condition and three in stable condition, according to state police Trooper Kevin Humphries.


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