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Four, including girl, 6, killed in 3 accidents

Four people were killed yesterday in three separate vehicle accidents, including a 6-year-old girl who died after the car in which she was riding crashed into a tree off Hillen Road in Northeast Baltimore. The other fatalities occurred in Harford and Calvert counties, state police said.

The accident involving the girl happened about 3 p.m. in the 6000 block of Hillen Road, police said. The car's three occupants were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the girl died. The survivors' conditions were unavailable, and none of their names was released.

In Harford County, four men in a pickup were northbound on Interstate 95 near Belcamp about 7 a.m. when the driver hit a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of a ramp to Route 543, said Sgt. Arthur Betts, a Maryland State Police spokesman. He said the driver apparently tried to avoid the rig, but two passengers on the right side of the pickup bore the brunt of the crash and died.

The driver and a passenger behind him were injured and taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Their conditions were unavailable. The names of the men were not released.

In Calvert County, a 17-year-old girl driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan about 7 a.m. was leaving Briscoes Turn Road in Owings to cross Route 4 when she drove into the path of an oncoming 2005 Isuzu truck, state police said. The crash killed the girl, Alyson M. Purvis of Chesapeake Beach.

Three passengers, ages 14, 16 and 17, were injured. Two were treated at Prince George's County Hospital and were listed in serious condition, police said; the third was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. All four were on their way to school.

The Isuzu driver and two passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Calvert Memorial Hospital, police said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County

: Parkville

Fatal fire blamed on electrical device

The fire that killed an elderly Parkville man last week was caused by a malfunctioning electrical outlet adapter, Baltimore County fire officials said yesterday.

William Wallace Brown, 82, was unable to escape the fire at his home in the 8700 block of Oakleigh Road on Friday. The faulty adapter was in the living room, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman. Brown's wife was able to get out of their Cape Cod-style home when the fire started about 4 p.m., but she could not help her husband, who had mobility problems, out of a recliner in the living room, fire officials said.

Laura Barnhardt

Anne Arundel

: Pasadena

Man, 33, dies after dirt bike crash

A Pasadena man died over the weekend after he lost control of his dirt bike and hit a parked car, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

James Michael Smith, 33, of the 200 block of Mountain Road was riding his Yamaha Y285 dirt bike about 4 p.m. Saturday near his home when he lost control, police said. Smith was thrown from the bike and struck the passenger-side door of a parked car.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died police said.

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