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Montgomery County Tops List for Most Beltway Accidents; Funeral for Former Cabin John Fire Chief Set for Friday

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Montgomery County tops the list for most recorded automobile accidents

Montgomery County topped the list for the highest number of automobile accidents that occurred on the Beltway in Maryland and Virginia over the last 12 months, according to data collected by WTOP’s traffic incident database.

Out of 3,463 recorded accidents from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, the area most prone to fender benders, side swipes and pile-ups was near the Georgia Avenue exit where 201 traffic accidents were logged on or near the exit ramps.

Accidents occurring near Connecticut Avenue placed second with 155 crashes. Hundreds of additional accidents were reported near Interstate 270, New Hampshire Avenue, Rockville Pike and River Road. [WTOP]

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of deadly Bethesda house fire that killed man digging underground tunnels

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly Bethesda house fire that killed 21-year-old Askia Khafra, a Silver Spring man hired to build underground tunnels beneath the house of Daniel Beckwitt, 27, the home’s tenant. Beckwitt agreed to invest in a startup internet company Khafra was launching in exchange for help with digging the tunnels.

According to police reports, Khafra never knew where he was because Beckwitt would bring the man to the house in secrecy, including having him wear blackout glasses. A haphazard chain of power strips is blamed for the start of the fire.

Prosecutors say Beckwitt recklessly endangered Khafra’s life. Beckwitt was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and released from jail on bond after his arrest in May. His trial is scheduled for April 2019. [FoxNews]

Funeral arrangements scheduled for Cabin John fire chief

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Cabin John Park Retired Volunteer Fire Chief James Seavey Sr., who died Sept. 4 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Seavey served 30 years as a career fire fighter with the D.C. Fire and EMS Department before retiring in 2016.

A memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday.  A reception will follow at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville. [mymcmedia]

Drizzle, overcast skies in Wednesday forecast

Scattered showers and thunderstorms could hit the area Wednesday, and highs of about 82 degrees are expected. Temperatures overnight could drop into the low 70s.

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