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Yet Another Accident On SB I-395 at Washington Blvd

by ARLnow.com — March 10, 2011 at 11:53 am 1,687 24 Comments

Rainy conditions have claimed yet another car on southbound I-395 near Washington Boulevard.

An SUV apparently spun out of control and hit a guardrail on the right side of the highway. The accident happened just 15-30 minutes after a rollover accident involving a Mercedes was cleared in the same area.

Virginia State Police are on the scene. So far, no injuries have been reported.

We hear that there were two or three other accidents in the same spot earlier this morning. Word to the wise: be careful if you’re driving on southbound I-395 today!

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  • BoredHouseWife

    Balding tires?

  • CW

    What is with people around here that can’t drive in the rain? I’d hate to see them on I-4 in central florida at 3 PM in the summer.

    • Clarendude

      I go to San Diego for work often and it’s much worse there. People should be used to it here though so no excuse.

  • OX4

    The SUVs in commercials don’t do that.

  • JimmyG

    Just came from the scene…giant crater of a pothole in the middle of the road. About a dozen cars with flat tires now. My guess is that the spinners were merely evading the crater.

    • BigSpender

      This very website reported the pot hole last week!
      http://www.arlnow.com/2011/03/01/large-pothole-on-i-395-flattens-tires/

      • JimmyG

        yep, the very same pothole

      • nance

        Also reported that DOT claimed it was filled — was that false, or did the fill break apart and the hole reopened?

        • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

          It was filled. Not sure what happened today.

  • CW

    Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?

    Fo drizzle.

  • CrystalMikey

    slow your roll people.

  • OLDGUY

    SUV DRIVERS DRIVE TO FAST. FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY BECAUSE THEY ARE IN SMALL TANK. SUV’S HAVE HIGHER CENTER OF GRAVITY MAKEING THEM PRONE TO FLIP. MOST DRIVERS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CORRECT VEHICLE IN SKID. DMV SHOULD HAVE SPECIAL LICENSE TO OPERATE 4WD SUV’S.

    • CW

      Why the distinction for four-wheel drive? This exact sort of thinking, that 4WD differentiates the vehicles from others on the road, that gets moronic SUV drivers in trouble in rain and snow. In these sorts of situations, it’s nothing but newtonian physics at play – it doesn’t matter if they’re driving a 4WD, 2WD, or a horsedrawn carriage. Once the static friction is broken and you’re sliding, it’s just a body in motion…

    • jjbug

      Old Guy – Being old, too, I am sympathetic with some misspellings in your comment, but endorse your conclusions. I don’t know the Summit point raceway Accident Avoidance program. Has AAA embraced this knowledge? Has the AARP included that knowledge in their driving courses for aging people? You may be pointing to insights neither have explored!
      Marjie

  • OLDGUY

    FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES HAVE REAR INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION. THE GERMAN MADE SUV’S ARE BETTER DESIGNED THAN OTHERS. IF YOUR DRIVING ANYTHING ELSE IN RAIN, ICE OR SNOW YOU BETTER SLOW DOWN.

    • Scott

      stop yelling oldguy

      • OX4

        GET OFF MY LAWN

    • el fat kid

      ROBBLE, ROBBLE.

      German made SUVs are better? Huh? I like bmw’s skid correction system works, tho i always have to deactivate when filming action sequences; but for the most part the X5 and Mercedes SUVs are not very capable 4wd vehicles, especially for the cash. In that range, Range Rover is by far a better offroad vehicle, and the FJ is even more capable at half the price.

      Special license? what?

      4wd/awd vehicles tend to have better control b/c of the various systems car companies use in maintaining traction. That said, condition of the road and tires are all more important factors, not too mention driver skill. Unfortunately, there are idiot drivers in all types vehicles, whether it’s a new evo coupe or H2, special licensing won’t fix that.

      While i’m sure there are some things that could have been done differently, swerving to avoid a huge pothole and losing control is just a hazard of driving. Not necessarily the driver’s, much less the SUVs, fault.

  • OLDGUY

    I agree, driver skill is all important. If you are interested in becoming a better driver enroll in the Summit point raceway Accident Avoidance program.
    summitpoint-raceway.com

  • laloca

    An SUV apparently spun out of control and hit a guardrail…

    cars don’t spin out of control on their own. the DRIVER lost control of his/her vehicle. let’s correctly identify the offender, okay?

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      No, I’m pretty sure a car can spin out of control. And I’m pretty sure the vehicle hit the guardrail, not the driver.

    • CW

      Yay, the vehicle/driver action attribution nazis are migrating over from greatergreaterwashington to correct all of our attribution errors! Now we won’t be able to get through a single vehicle-related article without at least one correction. Yay!!!

      • Lou

        So true

        • CW

          Now Lou, EVERYONE knows that you can’t SAY that something is true. A person isn’t allowed to say a truth, truth has to exist naturally in the universe, at which point it presents itself as evident to all who observe it. Gosh, didn’t you know that? Stop attributing things to the incorrect parties, jeez.

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