On a winding, two-mile stretch of the Beltway between Connecticut and Georgia avenues, there were four tractor-trailer jackknifings-three of them within 20 minutes. There were scores of minor traffic accidents; a smattering of power outages were blamed on tree limbs that fell on power lines. A young boy and two teen-agers had to be pulled from a creek in Darnestown that swelled into a waist-high torrent. And a girl who slipped from a path into Seneca Creek was rescued by several youths using borrowed dog leashes to pull her to safety.
The curving portion of the Beltway between Connecticut and Georgia avenues, where construction crews are working to add fourth lanes in each direction, looked like a junkyard yesterday after a series of unrelated tractor-trailer accidents there.
Only three hours later, a trash truck in the middle lane of the outer loop veered out of control and sideswiped a tractor-trailer in the fast lane that skidded into the Jersey barrier and bounced off, jackknifing across the highway. The trash truck rolled over and came to rest on the right shoulder, forcing police to close the same stretch of Beltway, but this time in the westbound lanes, until nearly 3 p.m.
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