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SUV Flips on Roof During Rt. 50 Wreck

by ARLnow.com — October 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm 5,797 142 Comments

An SUV flipped on its roof as a result of a three-vehicle accident on Route 50 during Monday’s evening rush hour.

The wreck happened around 5:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Route 50. According to initial, unconfirmed reports, one of the vehicles involved made a sudden lane change, forcing the other two to swerve to avoid it. The SUV was reportedly one of the vehicles that swerved, an evasive action that caused it to lose control and flip upside down in a grassy area next to the roadway.

The driver of the SUV did not appear to suffer serious injuries, but was treated by medics and taken to local hospital via ambulance, according to witnesses. Route 50 remained open in both directions following the accident, but 1-2 eastbound lanes were blocked during the emergency response, causing significant backups.

In addition to the Lexus SUV, the two other vehicles involved were a Mercedes-Benz coupe and a BMW sedan. The BMW suffered damage to its passenger-side rear quarter panel, door and tire as a result of the accident.

 

 

  • JamesE

    Flipped cars are the new bank robberies

  • 7-11-bum

    That’s less than a mile from Friday’s flip. Apparently flipping isn’t as difficult as I once thought.

  • cool

    It’s the new hipster way to park. I flipped mine going 5 mph.

  • NIMBY the Chicken

    In addition to the Lexus SUV, the two other vehicles involved were a Mercedes-Benz coupe and a BMW sedan. The BMW suffered damage to its passenger-side rear quarter panel, door and tire as a result of the accident. #onepercentproblems

    • Observed

      Strange. Three nice vehicles in S. Arlington (if we count the N/S divide as running down the middle of Rt. 50).

      • NIMBY the Chicken

        They were probably going from Mantua to the Kennedy Center

    • NoVapologist

      Annual income of the one percent is $717,000/year. Not likely that they are driving 10-15 year old BMWs and glorified Toyotas.

      • okay

        10% ???

      • drax

        FYI – $383,000, not $717,000.

        • Josh S

          What are you talking about?

  • Government Motors

    Lesson Learned: Drive an American made car.

  • JimPB

    Top of the line (and $) vehicles with vehicle driving: The SUV took evasive action that caused it to lose control. Or was it the driver that lost control of the SUV?

    My observation is that most the speeding and aggressive driving is in top of the line and cost vehicles, like the three that were involved in this event.

    • KeyboardDozeOff

      Observation always requires a perspective….
      But perspectives are not always interesting
      sometimes even tired and boring.

      • What’s Shakin’

        …….grashopper……

    • SHLady

      maybe because a BMW is far more capable of those maneuvers than a crappy old Chevy?

  • malaka

    it was mister obvious….saw a bike not come to a complete stop and flipped

    • Captain_Obvious

      Its Captain, and yes that’s exactly what happened. I’m ok though, but can’t say the same for the biker, he flipped over the handlebars while making sure his livestrong bracelet was on tight.

    • happycyclist

      was anyone involved wearing a helmet?

      • SomeGuy

        “Focusing on this fact tends to come across as blaming the victim.”

        • happycyclist

          very good, grasshopper

      • drax

        Was the driver wearing a seat belt?

        • No Left Turn

          Yes, thankfully

      • YTK

        Yes– the streetcar driver was wearing a helmet — courtesy of the Arlington Commuter Store.

  • Signaler

    One thing I have noticed years ago, my car came with a turn signal.(Shocker!) I usually use it before making a legal lane change. Unlike the rest of NOVA.

    • Government Motors

      > I usually use it before making a legal lane change.

      USUALLY being the key word!

      • Signaler

        Correction.. always! ty It is the law. One that I have seen ignored by the law and broken by the law.

        • Jack Tors

          Right on. Use it BEFORE the lane change, not during. It’s supposed to signal intentions. Get wise, morons.

    • malaka

      Not everyone has fancy schmancy new luxury cars with turn signals….or so it seems

      • YTK

        Fancy Schmancies are allowed to cut in and out of traffic.

    • SHLady

      is that what it’s for? I learn something every day here.

    • Edmund_Hartt

      Right on! So many times I see people just drift over into lanes without any concern for anyone but themselves. No looking, drift over. No room, drift over. And then, if they totally cut you off, its your fault. I mean… comon…on the phone, driving; and no look before lane change or turning! People in NOVA are really quite awesome, once you get them out from behind a keyboard or a steering wheel. Though there is a majority that should not be breeding at all.

  • No Left Turn

    Watched this happen from the light at Irving. Three lanes of 50+mph traffic heading inbound, and you are allowed to make a left turn from the left “fast” lane onto Irving… seemed like Mercedes swerved right to avoid a car turning left at the light, BMW swerved right to avoid Mercedes and sideswiped Lexus who hit the curb/grass and flipped. Pretty crazy to watch. I commuted home from fairfax on that stretch of 50 for three years and there are ALWAYS late brake lights and emergency merging to avoid stopped cars waiting to make that left on Irving. I think an extra No Left Turn 4pm-6pm at that intersection might go a long way…

    • 7-11-bum

      Left turners on Rt. 50 are a big hazard. I was riding with a friend (driving) the other week and instead of turning off of Rt.50 using a left turn lane, she chose to go a few streets up and wait to turn left in the middle of traffic. I told her it was dangerous, I got a snarky comment back. She’s lucky we didn’t get flipped. Why would anyone think its safe to sit in a left lane on Rt. 50 when cars are flying??? How about no turns except in a designated turn lane? There are at least 5 different ways to get into every neighborhood that don’t require sitting in the left “fast” lane waiting to turn.

    • CrystalMikey

      I agree! I commute home from Fairfax on 50E everyday and usually will avoid the left lane like the plague once I pass Glebe. I know if I lived anywhere near where people have to take a left on Iriving, I would just drive down to Pershing to make my left where there’s a turn lane w/ a light and just double back. I’m shocked more left turners aren’t rear-ended there by the drivers going 60mph.

      • WeiQiang

        /\ this /\

      • CrystalMikey

        Actually, I guess I meant Fillmore. Though Pershing is an option further down the road.

        • WeiQiang

          The problem is the same in both directions. On rare occasions when I need to wind up in one of those neighborhoods near 50 but not adjacent to Glebe or Fillmore, I’ll make a right off of 50 a block before or after the intersection with the light, loop around, and cross 50 with the light. I’ve seen too much craziness in that stretch to feel comfortable that everyone who has to pay fricking attention and do the safe thing is going to do so.

          • DCBuff

            Excellent idea. Seriously. I live north of 50 right there and am very uncomfortable turning left on 50 with any traffic. Will employ your idea from now on.

    • What’s Shakin’

      Personally, I think that Rte 50 is a clever ploy to keep the population of Northern Va down …… VDOT playing out its Malthusian role …..

      • Arlwhenver

        Truth be known Arlington County has been sitting for years on a state grant that funds improvements for the Iriving, Rte 50 interesection. ArlCo bureaucrats didn’t care when motorcyclist was killed there, and doesnt’ care about this accident either. It’s inexcusable inaction on the part of Arlington County.

    • John Thomas

      I was there and pulled the lady out of the flipped car. People around here just do not want to slow down when cars ahead of them have to make a turn, either left or right. I have dealt with that dozens of times in this area. More often than not it has been one gender of drivers who tend to get the most upset about someone ahead of them slowing down to turn. That comes with the rules of the road. Do not swerve to pass if it is not clear just because the car ahead has to make a turn. My 5 year old knows better.

      • Jack Tors

        Glad you did your civic duty. And you’re spot on with you observation regarding the gender.

      • V

        I Was the person you pulled out the car and it would be nice if patience was more
        Important that possibly killing someone. Thanks to people who helped me!

    • Roycroft

      +1 This is one of my pet peeves with drivers on 50 east.

      Another bad spot just outside of the Arlington boarder is the eastbound lane intersection to get into the Target shopping center I always spot drivers who make a dead stop trying to turn to go to this shopping center even though there are posted hours against this turn.

      Why the highway system doesn’t have a turn out lane for a shopping center is beyond me.

      • WeiQiang

        There are two options to make that turn safely. Patrick Henry and South Manchester.

  • Vicky

    I was three cars behind and one of the black cars went from the third line on the left changing lanes like crazy but in the last lane it hit the white Suv that was the reason the suv f lipped and landed on the roof

  • Larchmont

    Need some Jersey Lefts on 50.

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      The county needs to install some more nubs and hubs bumps and berms and maybe even a few of those cute traffic circles down Rt. 50.

      • Josh S

        Actually, a traffic circle at that intersection is a great idea. Yes, traffic on 50 would have to slow down, but flow would be continuous for everyone, better gas mileage, etc.

        • KnowItAll

          No, it’s not.

          • Schoolyard bully

            Yes it is.

          • KnowItAll

            There’s no where near enough room for it and it would be impossible to use for making lefts during rush hour. The whole thing would back up as soon as more than 2 cars tried to make lefts.

          • drax

            Nope, because traffic inside a circle has the right of way. Left turns don’t back it up.

            I don’t know if it would work there, but it wouldn’t be due to left turns.

            VDOT put a similar circle on Rt. 50 way out west, in Gilbert’s Corner:

            http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/resources/NorthernVirginia/Gilbert%27s_Corner_Brochure.pdf

            Much less traffic there, though, and about half going each way. I doubt it would work there, where most traffic is moving on 50, not the cross street.

          • KnowItAll

            Much less traffic is the key. Think it through.

            The traffic lights are the best solution for that intersection.

          • drax

            I agree – a circle is probably a bad idea with that much traffic.

            Though, on the other hand, there are circles functioning pretty well in downtown DC on major avenues, though at alot lower speeds.

          • WeiQiang

            Look, kids! Big Ben. Parliament.

          • SHLady

            those big circles in DC are horrendous. Lots of accidents there.

          • Josh S

            There are no left turns in a roundabout. Only right turns. Which is one reason they are safer than traditional intersections. Also, no light, which means no red light running, no speeding up at the yellow, etc. Another reason they are safer. Third, they require drivers to slow down and pay attention, making things safer.

            I’m also fairly certain there is plenty of room for a roundabout in that particular location. With the access roads on each side, there are no houses within 50-75 feet of Route 50.

            Your best argument against a roundabout at this location would be the lack of heavy cross traffic on Irving.

        • WeiQiang

          Not enough real estate and the capacity required is too high.

      • SomeGuy

        I support this if they will also grow dense foliage in the middle of said traffic circle to create some blind spots, and ideally place a crosswalk immediately on the other side of the circle. Key Blvd should be the model; I like a challenge out there on the road.

        • WeiQiang

          This is a clown comment, brah. The circle will have no cred unless it has a bioretention basin.

        • Josh S

          A roundabout is not the same thing as the dinky traffic circles that Arlington has installed as traffic calming measures in the neighborhoods.

    • Josh S

      Hate the Jersey lefts. Don’t know why. But I do. And anyway, there is certainly not enough land available to build any….

      • SomeGuy

        You wouldn’t understand. It’s a Jersey thing.

        • Josh S

          Yeah, that’s the truth. Back in California, we built our freeways from scratch – no upgrading 200 year-old cow paths for us. We’ll give you your own damn overpass to make a left!

      • HP2000

        They are called jug handles up in God’s Country.

      • Joey2W

        Eh. Had to live in Jersey for a month. Hated them the first few days, then got used to them, then, when I finally got back to DC, I really missed them! They are brilliant!

  • bobbytiger

    A BMW, Mercedes, and a Lexus. Yes indeed, things are pretty tough in Arlington, no?

    • Tobe

      They were all heading home to Loudoun.

      • CrystalMikey

        Not going eastbound, they weren’t.

        • Tobe

          Must have been DC then.

          • drax

            No rich people here. No bad drivers either, they’re from somewhere else. We’re all just hard working, modest, law-abiding, good-driving folks. All the bad people are outsiders.

          • Josh S

            Every state has its outsiders that it considers incapable of driving. Here, it’s definitely Maryland. But I wonder where people in Maryland think the bad drivers come from – Pennsylvania?

          • fromMaryland

            No, Virginia actually.

  • Cletus Van Damme

    Another situation where the Mercedes and BMW didn’t hear the Lexus say, “on your left”! When will it end?

    • Mike Honcho

      21 December 2012 you won’t have to worry about anyone saying on the left, because they will be coming from everywhere. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

    • happycyclist

      they need to get a kewl bell, like I have on my bike

  • B22201

    Seriously, what is wrong with these people? It’s pretty damn hard to flip a car. Unless one were to hit that barrier in the middle of 50 that looks like a ramp made just for flipping cars perfectly. . . I don’t get how these people keep flipping over.

    • CrystalMikey

      I know exactly where you’re talking about (re: ramp). haha

    • drax

      It’s not a car, it’s a truck pretending to be a car – an SUV.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Here you go again! Time to tell people which cars they should drive!

        • drax

          Yes, that’s exactly what I did. My comment ordered you to drive a certain kind of car. You’re awesome at reading comprehension.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Don’t be so touchy!

            But my reading comprehension is fine, thanks. My point was that you should start telling people what to drive, as you’ve done in the past.

          • DCBuff

            I plan to QTR from now on.

      • happycyclist

        SUVs belong on SUV only trails.

        I mean they are designed for SPORT, aren’t they? Why would anyone drive one on our crowded roads when there are fun and lovely off road places to drive them?

        • Captain_Obvious

          What do you suggest people drive if they have several kids and/or dogs? Is a minivan acceptable? No, thanks.

          • WeiQiang

            A station wagon … er, sorry, a ‘Touring’ edition.

          • happycyclist

            with kids and dogs it would seem like going to some lovely off road area would be even more desirable. SPORT utility vehicles are designed for going offroad.

            You could of course take your kids on a bus. Im not sure why your dog would want to go to the office downtown with you.

            Alternatively, I suppose we COULD try to find a way to share the road with these vehicles that belong elsewhere, just to be nice. That will require patience and compromise. Perhaps after learning patience and compromise with SUVs, auto drivers could try the same thing with vehicles that ARE designed for roads – like bicycles.

          • Captain_Obvious

            Oh really? How do you suggest I get to these SUV off road areas in the first place? And bicycles are not more designed for roads…speed limits are for cars. Why aren’t there extra speed limit signs for cyclists on roads ?

          • happycyclist

            Perhaps you could put your SUV on a rack on your car – or in the bed of a pickup truck, or a large flatbed truck.

            There is no need for extra speed limit signs for biks on roads – they must obey the same maixum speeds as motor vehicles. You will not that minimum speeds only exist on limited access highways, where bicycles are excluded.

            There of course are many roads with posted limits of 25MPH where a cyclist could exceed the speed limit – of course they should not do so.

          • Captain_Obvious

            ah, no real answer…thanks for making yourself look like a jackass. Let us know when you get back to reality Lance, and learn to deal with all types of vehicles on the roads. So you hate SUV’s but pickup trucks, which can be much larger, are ok? What about semi’s, utility trucks, etc…?

          • happycyclist

            “and learn to deal with all types of vehicles on the roads. ”

            very good, grasshopper

          • Captain_Obvious

            Another non-answer. You.are.done, Lance.

          • happycyclist

            if you think so Mario.

          • Captain_Obvious

            I do, Lance.

          • Paparazzi

            Harvester Bus…..plenty of room for all of the little ones !!

          • SHLady

            SUVs are minivans for people who can’t admit to themselves they’re driving a minivan.

          • drax

            Bingo!

          • Debs

            I love my mini van…Dodge Grand in so many ways…carry 7 adults comfortably AND I can go to Home Despot and …with stowe and go seating…bring home enough mulch and garden supplies for the neighborhood. Plus, driving it…I sit much higher than in my husband’s Saturn…

            I love my van…scout mobile, dogmobile, lawn mobile AND I ride in comfort. Cool factor I have never worried about…whether a vehicle is practical for what I need it for…yes, I will always have A Dodge Grand…

        • B22201

          I don’t know. . .I drove an SUV for about 20 years and just traded it in for a car this year (of course it’s manual. . . don’t want to to be judged). But, I can say that with the crappy roads here (I think rt 50 is going on 1 month now of being unpaved heading towards DC). . . the ride quality was MUCH less harsh in the SUV than in my car with really low profile tires.

          I’m swerving to dodge more potholes when before I just drove right through them.

          But, overall. . . I think the SUV drivers around here don’t know what they’re doing. DON’T SWERVE. . . if a deer pops out in front of you, and you’re going fairly fast. . . hit it straight on. A deer on your hood is better than rolling over. I don’t recommend this same action with moose. . .just drive into the ditch. :-)

          • WeiQiang

            Great tip! You do realize, of course, that Country Club Hills is spending CIP funds to design ditches just for this purpose? The coyotes living near Gulf Branch Nature Center have been thriving on the backyard chickens grown on Dittmar. This coyote migration is driving the moose population into the roadways.

    • V

      I was the person that flipped! It was not as hard as you think in sensitive jackass.

  • Ziv

    No wonder the Lexus lost control and rolled. Who would have suspected that there is a Romney/Ryan supporter in Arlington gutsy enough to plant a sign in the Peoples Republic.

    • WeiQiang

      Come to Arlington Ridge. You can see your fill.

      • DCBuff

        I know! What’s with that?

        • WeiQiang

          I’m supposing that there are folks with money there who vote Republican. Tough to believe in the People’s Republic, but there it is.

          • SHLady

            Al Gore used to live there I think.

          • SHLady

            Still does apparently.
            http://bigwigdigs.com/homes/al-gore

          • Ziv

            I think the house is Tipper’s. She got it from her parents. Not a big place, but it is a great street.

          • WeiQiang

            It may not be big by Metro DC standards, but still large for Arl Ridge/Aurora Hills … and huge for an older home in the neighborhood.

          • drax

            Yeah, hard to believe there are rich people in Arlington.

  • SublimaenalSuggestion

    Was the Romney/Ryan sign there before the accident
    or was it planted there?

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Heh heh

  • drax

    I see a Romney sign! Someone needs to flip over near an Obama sign to even things out.

  • WeiQiang

    Hipsters in Arlington trade fixie bikes for flippy cars.

    • DCBuff

      Why am I agreeing with/commenting on all your posts this a.m.?

      • WeiQiang

        I don’t know. Latent bromance? heh

  • Arlingtron

    Part of the cause may be the lack of turn signals. I am surprised that such high-priced vehicles — like all the ones involved in this accident — don’t have such equipment. I base this on my observations of never seeing drivers of such models ever using a turn signal.

    If this was the result of a car waiting to turn left then changes need to be made in this stretch of roadway. The limited sight distances and jamming six lanes where there should be four make this area dangerous. Left turns should be prohibited.

    • Mr X

      hehe that’s funny

  • http://www.iammike.org Mike

    Maryland…

  • Jackie Maloufa

    These type of accidents or any accidents are 99% chance in DC metro area. DC Metro people can’t drive at all. The worst in the entire world. The most unfriendliest selfish people in the entire world.

    • John J.

      Amen to that! This is why I moved out of the DC area last year and am very happy here in the midwest.

    • Becky

      The reason why accidents are common around here is because they’re always in a rush! But I do agree with you that the DC area has the worst drivers in the world. I remember reading an article that DC area has the worst and unfriendliest people in the world.

      • Larchmont

        Majority of those worst drivers and unfriendliest people are from other parts of the world.

    • SHLady

      I see you have never driven in Boston.

      • Cate

        Boston’s nowhere near as bad. The Masshole driver has an aura of predictability about their bad driving, but here…it’s a whole different kind of vehicular hell.

        • Quoth the Raven

          Totally agree. There, you know they’re going to be aggressive. But here, drivers seem much more distracted and thus their driving decisions appear much more unpredictable. Or, folks are just so self-absorbed that they can’t be bothered to see what’s happening around them…

          • SHLady

            The drivers here annoy me. The drivers in Boston terrify me. They aren’t just aggressive, they’re random.

    • KJ

      Take the characteristics described here, add alcohol and you have…Vegas drivers! Experienced that for over 2 years. I think I was the only person who used a turn signal for anything. I will take NoVA drivers over that…but not Maryland (who only seem to be able to back in to parking spots in Arlington vs. drive directly in).

  • SomeGuy

    I’m happy to see at least a minimal effort to obscure some faces, ArlNow.

  • WorstDriver

    DC metro has worst drivers in the entire world. people don’t know how to drive.

    • WeiQiang

      I do. No one else does. But I do.

      • DCBuff

        Actually, I no longer agree with all your posts. I know how to drive. You, I’m not so sure.

  • YTK

    You know, I would have let the lange-changer slam into the front end of my car and let THEM pay for the damages.

  • MINOR THREAT

    Cell phone

  • Mc

    Arrest and jail the driver that caused this.

  • Suzy

    Why are all these people driving on peoples roofs?

    • YTK

      It saves wear and tear on their tyres.

  • dinh

    a bmw, lexus and mercedes enter a bar…

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