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Bus Crash In Rockville Injures Thirteen, One Critical

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Over a dozen people have been injured in a bus accident in Rockville.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW the accident occurred around 7:20 Wednesday morning when a Ride-On bus collided with a hotel van on Frederick Road at Ridgemont Avenue in the King Farm area.

Captain Oscar Garcia, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, says approximately 13 passengers have been injured. One of those passengers is in critical condition and another has received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Those injured have been transported to area hospitals.

Frederick Road was shut down in both directions at the accident scene.  Right now all northbound lanes and two lanes running southbound are open.











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Roof Collapsed on Four Firefighters in Rockville

ROCKVILLE, Md.-- (WUSA) Four firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire on Wilmart Street in Rockville Wednesday night.

The fire broke out on the 1700 block of Wilmart Street at around 7:25 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt. 

"Three of the four firefighters will be treated and released immediately. The fourth firefighter's condition is non life-threatening, but he may need some more medical attention," Nesselt said.

The house was under "major renovations," according to fire officials. That may be the reason the ceiling was so unstable.

The Blaze caused an estimated $25,000 worth of damage to the home.


Written By Manny Fantis




Sky at Five: Rockville’s Weeky Happy Hour

Accommodating an average of 500 guests weekly, the Sky at Five Rooftop Happy Hour is the place to be.

This event is sponsored by MillerCoors, Peroni, Absolut, Red Bull, and Lindy Promotions.  It also features DJ Ramzy playing the hottest new music and catering by Oro Pomodoro.

This happy hour takes place every Thursday from 5pm to 11pm.

Guests must be 21 and up.  For more information and to reserve special seating, please click: http://www.rockvillerooftop.com/contact-us.

Calls To 911 Get Busy Signals

ROCKVILLE, Md (WUSA) -- When you call 911, you don't expect a busy signal. But a busy signal is exactly what happened to hundreds of calls during one of this summer's huge thunderstorms --including callers who were trying to get help for a man who had been hit by lightning.

Carl Henn's fellow picnickers had taken cover in their cars at King Farm Park during that intense storm on July 25. After the thunder passed, they found the gardener and community activist unconscious under a tree.

Dennis McCarthy started CPR while his friends tried to reach 911.
"(I) could hear them saying, 'I can't get through. I can't get through. It's busy.'" "And this went on for a while?" I asked him. "It seemed like forever."

Henn's friends finally gave up on reaching 911. They threw him in the back of an SUV and drove him two miles to the hospital. He died two days later.

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Friday's Heroes: CASA of Montgomery Co., Maryland

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes it's one very special person that can make the difference. In Montgomery County, Maryland, it's the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, or CASA, that specializes in making the system work for some troubled youngsters.

The CASA program involves adult volunteers, basically acting as guardian angels for some of the most vulnerable. Director Francha Davis calls it an unusually intense volunteer experience. The volunteer on a day to day basis is meeting with the child, is talking to social workers, therapists,  teachers, doctors and anybody who is involved with the child and then trying to let the judge know not only what the child wants, but what the person thinks is in the child's interests" says Davis.

Pepco Defends Storm Response To Maryland Regulators

BALTIMORE (WUSA/AP) -- Pepco is defending its response to recent storms that left many without power for days to Maryland utility regulators.

But during a hearing before the Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday Pepco officials also admitted that they've had problems communicating with customers.

The PSC noted in its order calling Tuesday's hearing that outages since late July have affected nearly a half million customers and customers complain the company has not communicated effectively during outages.

PSC Chairman Douglas Nazarin engaged in a long round of questioning. He says from hundreds of letters and complaints, the perception among customers is that "the power goes out too often, too easily, and takes too long to restore."

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek