Derailment Affects Rail Traffic
A freight train derailed about 11/2 miles north of Union Station early yesterday, causing no injuries but spilling loads of gravel that has affected passenger traffic on the CSX Corp. rail line, railroad and D.C. emergency officials said.
Authorities said at least eight boxcars left the track. Alan Etter, spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said the cause apparently was a faulty wheel, but the incident, near Rhode Island Avenue and Eighth Place NE remained under investigation.
Railroad officials said that they had cleared one track by last night and expected that the second track would be clear in time for use tomorrow by Maryland Rail Commuter trains.
CDC Sends 12,000 Flu Shots
The District received nearly 12,000 adult doses of flu shots last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than the CDC has sent any other city or county in the region since a national vaccine shortage hit this month.
The shipment added significantly to the 5,400 shots that were donated or obtained at cost days earlier from the U.S. Capitol's attending physician and several local entities. But the city's acting health director, Gregg A. Pane, said the total is still "50 percent short of what is needed."
Distribution will begin in full force this week to men and women who are at highest risk of the flu based on federal guidelines, officials said.
I-295 Crash Kills 3-Year-Old Boy
One child was killed and another was injured late Friday in a crash on Interstate 295 in Southeast Washington, police said.
The children were riding with their father in a pickup that was struck at 11:45 p.m. by a Honda Accord just north of the Howard Road SE exit, police said. They apparently were not strapped into child safety seats, police said.
The truck flipped several times, throwing Desmond Payne, 3, of the 2100 block of Ingraham Street in Hyattsville, out of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital. His 18-month-old brother, Mikylo Payne, remains hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
The father of the boys and the driver of the Honda, identified by police as a 34-year-old man from Fort Washington, refused medical treatment.
77,000 Flu Shots to Be Shipped
The Virginia Department of Health said it has received a "very limited amount of flu vaccine" for distribution to those most in need of it.
The agency said in a statement Friday night that 77,000 doses will be shipped to Virginia's 35 health districts starting this week and that distribution will be based on population.
State Health Commissioner Robert B. Stroube is asking people to be patient as local health officials try to get the shots to people "who are at high risk of complications from the flu."
Woman, 80, Killed by Own Car
An 80-year-old McLean woman died yesterday when she lost control of her car in her driveway and was dragged by it, Fairfax County police said.
Francis L. Smith-Vinzant was in her Mercury Sable when she stopped at her mailbox on Ironwood Drive about 10:45 a.m., police Sgt. Richard Perez said. The car was still in drive, however, and Smith-Vinzant was caught half-in and half-out as the vehicle rolled toward the street. The car then hit a guardrail and Smith-Vinzant was pinned between the guardrail and the driver door, Perez said.
Woman Ignites Self in Protest
A woman who set herself on fire in an apparent abortion protest in Prince George's County was hospitalized in critical condition. Police in Berwyn Heights said the woman doused herself with gasoline Friday outside an abortion clinic at 60th Avenue and Greenbelt Road, then walked toward the clinic.
Police Capt. Richard Hartnett said an officer nearby used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. The woman, whose identity was not released, was airlifted to a hospital with burns over much of her body.
Man Fatally Shot in Annapolis
A man in his fifties was shot and killed in Annapolis yesterday evening, Annapolis police said. They said officers found the man about 6:45 p.m. inside a house in the 1900 block of Copeland Street, about two miles west of downtown. He had been shot in the midsection, police said.
"What does it say about the value of your institution that people who didn't come before are now coming in droves to get in? It means that your institution has transcended color."
-- Lee Young of North Carolina A&T University, a historically black university that recruits white students. -- Page C1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Michelle Boorstein, Theola S. Labbe, Michael Laris, Susan Levine and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.