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Airport fuel spilled into Potomac River

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Airport fuel from Reagan National Airport spilled into the Potomac River Thursday evening, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., airport officials said personnel responded to reports of a fuel odor on the south side of Reagan National Airport. Fuel sheen was located on the Potomac River around 10:25 p.m. Officials said the spill has not been observed in the main channel of the river.

On Friday at 10 a.m., officials said the source of the spill was secure. The spill extended to Four Mile Run and the southern boundary of Reagan National Airport and officials say an estimated 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of fuel was spilled.

How the fuel ended up in the river is unknown at this time and officials say there is no timeline set for the cleanup effort.

Montgomery Co. parents concerned about wireless routers in school

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some Montgomery County parents are worried about their children and exposure to radiation from wireless internet routers in schools.

At certain doses, microwave radiation, the type emitted from wireless technology, can be harmful. 

Wireless routers are installed in ceilings of Montgomery County Public Schools classrooms. The numbers of routers in a given school can vary, but they range from a couple dozen routers to 100.

"These are not transmitters that would be in your home. It's much stronger. it can handle up to 200 laptops," Laura Simon, a parent said.

Several parents meet Tuesday night at Bells Mills Elementary to discuss their concerns about the routers. Some parents want to go back to hardwired systems.

Family of N. Potomac crash victim releases statement

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of one of two 18-year-old Wootton High School graduates killed in a car crash after a party released a statement Monday expressing shock about the news a parent was present for the party, and a desire to make sure the laws change.

The statement by David and Pamela Murk comes days after a WUSA9 report into the investigation into the crash that killed their son Alex Murk and fellow Wootton graduate Calvin Li on June 25. The two were killed after the car they were traveling in flew into a fence, hit a tree and landed in a yard.

The report on the fatal accident

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Sources: Parent was at party that led to fatal N. Potomac crash

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A parent was present at an alcohol-fueled party in North Potomac that led to a fatal car crash in June, according to documents obtained by WUSA9.

The documents also show that the car carrying Alex Murk, Calvin Li, Sam Ellis and Cameron Siasi was also traveling at least more than 30 miles above the speed limit before the crash.

The four were leaving a house party on June 25 on Dufief Mill Road in North Potomac when their car, driven by Ellis, flew into a fence, hit a tree and landed upside down in a nearby yard. Murk and Li, both riding in the back seat, were killed in the accident. Ellis and Siasi, who was the front-seat passenger, both suffered serious injuries. 

Canoe overturns in pond, possible water rescue underway

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- A possible water rescue is underway after a canoe overturned in a pond, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.

The possible water rescue is underway in the 9000 block of Belmart Road in Potomac, close to the Potomac, officials said.

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Driver in fatal North Potomac crash out of hospital

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- The driver in the North Potomac car crash that left two recent Wootton High School graduates dead was released from the hospital Tuesday, WUSA9 has learned.

Police say Sam Ellis, 18, was driving an Acura TSX late Thursday night when it flew into a fence and landed upside down on someone's front yard.