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Regional Briefing

-- Matt Zapotosky

'Bat-Proofing' Homes Is Urged

Prince George's County health officials are warning residents of a rise in the number of rabid bats reported in the area, and they are urging people to "bat-proof" their homes.

Officials said that nine bats have tested positive for rabies since Aug. 1 and that one person came into contact with one. The person was preemptively treated for rabies, said department spokeswoman Erin Bradley.

Officials suggest repairing any holes in houses, using window screens and closing doors tightly. Residents can report a bat to the county at 301-780-7200.

-- Jonathan Mummolo

Man Killed, 2 Hurt in Collision

A 61-year-old man driving a Jeep Cherokee was killed Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle collided head-on with a transit bus on Woodfield Road just outside Damascus, Montgomery County officials said. A preliminary investigation showed that the Jeep's driver crossed the center line into the path of the bus, police said.

One of the four passengers on the Ride On bus was taken to a hospital for an injury that was not life-threatening, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the county's fire and rescue service. The bus driver was hospitalized with serious injuries, but his injuries were described as not life-threatening, Garcia said.

No one other than the driver was in the Jeep, Garcia said. The man's name was not released because officials had not notified his family members.

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