Maryland's Montgomery County: 911 system outage investigated

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 12:46 PM

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County officials plan to investigate why the 911 system failed for two hours, during which time two people died.

Officials said in a statement Monday that the 911 system was out from about 11:10 p.m. Sunday and 1:10 a.m. Monday. Callers received only a busy signal.

During the outage, crews responded to two medical emergency calls, involving fatalities that included a 91-year-old Olney woman and 40-year-old Marlon Somarriba from Rockville. It's unclear if the outage was involved.

Somarriba's family members tell WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/29MdxKi) that they dialed 911 repeatedly for over an hour before finally calling the Rockville police directly. An ambulance was then dispatched.

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County Executive Ike Leggett says he's calling for an immediate investigation into the outage.

County chief spokesman Patrick Lacefield says the 911 outage was traced to a malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that caused both the main power system and backup system to shut down.