Carroll tractor accident kills man, 53
A 53-year-old Carroll County man was killed yesterday after the tractor he was operating rolled over, state police said.
Eugene Earl Woodhouse of the 4600 block of Kridlers Schoolhouse Road, north of Manchester, was working in his yard when the accident occurred yesterday morning, police said.
State troopers arrived shortly after 10 a.m. and found Woodhouse trapped under the farm tractor. He was dead by the time emergency crews arrived, police said. A front-loader bucket on the tractor was filled with rocks when Woodhouse drove up a slight incline, police said. The tractor rolled over and trapped him underneath, according to police.
Firetrucks and police cruisers filled the driveway and yard of Woodhouse's home throughout the morning and into the afternoon, as officials responded to the incident. Family members and friends looked on as responders worked around the overturned tractor.
Neighbors said Woodhouse was friendly, always waving and greeting them in passing.
"He's a really nice man," said one woman on her way to the house. She declined to identify herself, but said she has lived in the wooded neighborhood about 25 years.
Visiting hours for Woodhouse are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel in Manchester. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.
90-year-old woman injured in house fire
An elderly Glen Burnie woman was reported in critical condition at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center burn unit after a fire at her home yesterday evening, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. The woman's name was not released
Firefighters responding to a 911 call at 7:26 p.m. in the 500 block of Second Ave. SW, near Glenview Avenue, found the 90-year-old woman lying on the kitchen floor. She suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns over 20 percent of her body, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a department spokesman.
Tobia said the fire began in the living room of the single-story house but that the cause has not been determined. He said the fire caused $150,000 in damage to the dwelling and $75,000 in damage to its contents.
More than 50 firefighters from several companies brought the blaze under control in less than an hour, he said.
Residents question trolley service study
Residents of Charles Village questioned the city's plans to study the feasibility of adding trolley car service between the neighborhood and the Inner Harbor.
Yesterday, Joan Floyd, a Charles Village resident and community activist, asked members of the city's Board of Estimates to hold off voting to release $114,500 to the Charles Street Development Corp. to pay for the study until after the attorney general's office had reviewed some aspects of the transportation proposal.
Floyd said she and others have questions about the legality of creating a tax district to support trolley service. She said it would be wise to test the legality of the funding idea before the study. "Let's get the legal questions answered now," Floyd said.
M.J. "Jay" Brodie, head of the Baltimore Development Corp., which is working with the Charles Street development group to explore the trolley proposal, said that a legal review would be part of the study, which will cost $1.6 million.
In June 2007, the city signed an agreement with the Charles Street Development Corp. to share the expense of the study, which is expected to take two years. The Charles Street group has raised $114,500 toward the cost of the study.
Members of the board voted to release money to match the group's fundraising total.
EPA awards $163,600 to city school system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $163,600 to the Baltimore school system for initiatives to reduce pollution from school buses and to analyze the environmental conditions of the city's school buildings.
The EPA's regional administrator, Donald S. Welsh, announced the grants at a news conference yesterday with city schools chief Andres Alonso and Maryland's environmental secretary, Shari T. Wilson.
A $68,600 grant will enable the retrofitting of 19 school buses to reduce diesel exhaust. The buses transport special-education students.
A second grant of $95,000 will fund an analysis of indoor air quality in all city school buildings. The money will also train school staff members to reduce indoor pollutants and will help the system with building maintenance.
Rail work to shut part of Route 30
The State Highway Administration will close a part of Route 30 in Hampstead from 9 p.m. tomorrow to 5 a.m. Monday for railroad crossing improvements.
Both directions of Route 30 will be closed at the CSX crossing north of Route 482, near Hampstead Memorial Park.
Northbound Route 30 traffic will be detoured to Route 482 to Route 27 north, then back to Route 30. Southbound traffic will be directed to Route 27 south to Route 482 and back to Route 30.
Signs and portable intersection lighting will guide motorists through the work zone.