(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) Arlington County firefighters and paramedics responded to a serious multi-vehicle accident on the GW Parkway this afternoon.
The accident happened just after 2:00 p.m. near the Windy Run overpass, northwest of Spout Run. Three vehicles collided in the northbound lanes, sending one of the cars off the roadway and down an embankment, nearly to the Potomac below.
Two people were in that car; at least one was trapped following the accident and had to be extricated by a rescue team.
One of the victims was flown to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, via a U.S. Park Police helicopter, with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries, according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Sean O’Connell. The other victim in the car was transported via ambulance to George Washington University Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A third person was injured in one of the other cars involved in the accident. That individual was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, O’Connell said.
All lanes of the GW Parkway were closed between Spout Run and Route 123 following the accident, according to WTOP. Closures remain in place as police investigate the wreck.
Photo courtesy @CAPT258
Update at 4:00 p.m. — Emergency crews have just re-opened all lanes of traffic on N. George Mason Drive.
(Updated at 3:40 p.m.) Northbound George Mason Drive is closed near N. Henderson Road due to an accident with an overturned car.
Emergency crews responded to the scene for a two vehicle collision that flipped one car. The driver in the flipped vehicle managed to free herself and was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. The other driver was not injured.
George Mason Drive remains closed from N. Henderson Road to N. Park Drive, but emergency crews expect it to reopen before 4:00 p.m.
Update at 4:50 p.m. — All lanes have reopened.
Update at 4:00 p.m. — The trapped victims have been extricated from the van. Rescuers are starting to clear the scene and police are planning on reopening at least one right-hand lane shorty.
Earlier: Police and firefighters are on the scene of an overturned minivan on I-395.
The incident happened just before 3:15 p.m., on the mainline northbound lanes under Shirlington Circle. As of 3:20 p.m., the northbound lanes were completely blocked and traffic was being diverted onto the circle.
Rescuers are reporting three people injured, with two people still trapped inside the van. Firefighters are currently trying to extricate the two trapped victims from the vehicle.
Photos courtesy @gogogaryo as noted
An accident caused a Toyota to flip on its roof at the intersection of Clarendon Blvd and N. Cleveland Street this afternoon.
The crash happened around 1:05 p.m., just down the street from the Clarendon Whole Foods store. Witnesses tell ARLnow.com that the driver of the Toyota crawled out on her own power. She was apparently unharmed but was checked out by paramedics.
According to bystanders, the driver of the Toyota told police that a second vehicle rammed her, causing the accident.
The intersection was closed after the crash but one lane of Clarendon has since reopened. A flatbed tow truck is on scene, about to haul away the overturned vehicle.
Update at 9:25 a.m. — The accident scene has been cleared and the ramp has reopened.
An accident has closed the ramp from southbound I-395 to Washington Blvd.
The accident happened just past 8:30 a.m. and resulted in a vehicle flipping on its roof. No word yet on any injuries.
Traffic is slow but moving on the portion of I-395 approaching the closed ramp.
A large truck carrying gravel overturned just north of Marymount University this afternoon.
The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of N. Abingdon Street and 34th Steet N. It’s unclear what led to the accident, which resulted in the truck tipping over onto its side, partially on the front yard of a house. It appears that the truck trailer was in the dumping position when it overturned — a load of gravel could be seen on the street behind it.
The driver of the truck was evaluated at the scene by paramedics for back pain. Two heavy duty tow trucks were called in to try to upright the truck and haul it away.
(Updated at 1:10 p.m. on 5/13/14) Police and firefighters are on the scene of an overturned Arlington Transit bus in South Arlington.
The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on S. Dinwiddie Street in the area of 7th Road S. Initial reports suggested that a natural gas-powered ART bus struck a tree and overturned.
We’re told that the bus’ “check engine” light came on as it was ascending a steep hill. The bus driver had riders get off the bus, then attempted to continue up the hill. The bus then lost power, began rolling backwards down the hill, and steered in to an embankment before overturning, we’re told.
The bus driver was able to safely exit the bus. No injuries were reported.
Last summer, a natural gas-powered ART bus suffered a “brake malfunction” on a hill near Courthouse and rolled backward into a car.
On Tuesday afternoon, Arlington County issued the following press release about the incident.
Yesterday evening, an Arlington Transit (ART) 35-foot heavy-duty transit bus manufactured by North American Bus Industries (NABI) experienced a problem indicated by the check engine light. After parking the bus and removing the passengers, the bus rolled backward and crashed against a tree on the opposite curb before rolling onto its side and coming to a rest.
There were no injuries, or damage to property other than the bus and a tree.
Safety is our priority. At this time, the cause of the check engine light has not been determined. Arlington County’s ART operations and maintenance contractor, National Express, is conducting a thorough maintenance and safety investigation to determine the cause and possible remedies. The NABI buses receive routine preventative maintenance and inspections every 6,000 miles.
The ART fleet consists of 44 vehicles, including 35 heavy-duty transit buses manufactured by NABI, 14 smaller buses manufactured by the Arboc Corporation, and three electric hybrid buses from DesignLine USA, all powered by compressed natural gas.
ART takes the safety of our riders and others on the road very seriously. The ART Program has one of the safest operating bus systems in an urban environment in the United States. ART operators are focused on safety with each operator undergoing annual refresher training to ensure they are performing at high safety performance levels.
In May 2011, ART received the American Public Transportation Association’s Gold Safety Award for outstanding safety record and reduction of customer safety complaints over the prior two years. In 2012, ART was recognized by the state of Virginia with the Virginia Governor’s Safety Award for a pedestrian safety training program for bus operators.
ART operates within Arlington, Va., supplementing Metrobus with cross-County routes as well as neighborhood connections to Metrorail.
(Updated at 4:05 p.m.) Arlington police and firefighters are on the scene of a rollover accident at the intersection of Army Navy Drive and S. Hayes Street in Pentagon City.
Initial reports suggest an SUV overturned as a result of a two-vehicle crash. The driver of the overturned SUV was able to get out of the vehicle and did not appear to be seriously hurt.
According to police on scene, the drivers of both cars escaped with minor injuries, but the driver of the car that flipped was transported to Virginia Hospital Center as a precaution.
Motorists should expect delays in the area of the crash.
A woman crashed her car into a condominium building on S. George Mason Drive this morning.
The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. at the George Mason Village condos near the intersection of S. George Mason Drive and Four Mile Run Drive.
A 70-year-old driver apparently pressed her car’s accelerator instead of the brake in the condo’s parking lot, sending the Hyundai sedan careening over the curb and into a trench between the parking lot and the building.
The driver was pulled out of the car by police and passersby. She didn’t suffer any significant injuries but was transported to Virginia Hospital Center as a precaution.
A tow truck used its winch to get the car out of the trench. An Arlington County building inspector was called to the scene to inspect what appeared to only be minor damage to the structure.
Separately this morning, a Mercedes SUV flipped on its side on N. Williamsburg Blvd between 35th and 36th Streets. The crash was reported to be a single-vehicle accident.
Photos of Williamsburg Blvd crash courtesy James Rice
(Updated at 3:50 p.m.) A car has flipped on its roof on I-66 near Rosslyn.
Police and firefighters are responded to the scene, on eastbound I-66 just before Route 110 and the Roosevelt Bridge. Units on the scene reported one person trapped inside the vehicle, but that individual was soon extricated and transported to the hospital.
All but one lane of traffic was blocked at the accident scene, but fire department units have since cleared the scene and traffic is flowing again.
(Updated at 5:05 p.m.) An accident involving a Metrobus and an overturned vehicle has shut down two lanes of northbound traffic on Route 1 in Crystal City.
Police and medics are on the scene at Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) near 23rd Street S. One person suffered an arm injury in the accident, according to police radio traffic, and was transported from the scene in an ambulance.
Drivers should expect some traffic impacts in the area.
(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) Police and fire crews are on the scene of an overturned vehicle in Pentagon City.
According to police, shortly after noon a woman in an SUV driving northbound on S. Hayes Street attempted to make a left turn onto Army Navy Drive. She allegedly failed to yield to a vehicle coming off of I-395 onto Hayes Street. The SUV flipped onto its roof after hitting the Dodge Challenger.
Firefighters assisted the woman in getting out of her SUV and bystanders helped remove her two young grandchildren, who were in car seats. All three were transported to George Washington hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Challenger was not injured.
Police closed both directions of Army Navy Drive and are currently in the process of re-opening the road. Traffic exiting from I-395 onto Hayes Street is being re-routed around the accident.
Police say it is likely that the driver of the SUV will be charged with failure to yield the right of way.
The car flipped around 3:00 p.m. as a result of an accident with at least one other vehicle. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police re-opened the parkway to traffic at 4:20 p.m.
The car is the second to overturn in Arlington Wednesday, following an SUV that flipped after a collision in Cherrydale Wednesday morning.
Photo via MWAA
An SUV overturned as a result of a collision at the intersection of N. Randolph and 21st Streets Wednesday morning.
Neither the driver of the SUV nor the driver of the white sedan with which it collided were injured in the crash, which occurred around 9:00 a.m. The SUV ended up on its roof on N. Randolph Street, but traffic on the small, residential street was able to drive around the damaged cars.
The driver of the SUV — which was heading uphill at the time of the wreck — said he didn’t see the stop sign at the intersection, which is partly obscured by a power line pole.
“The next thing I knew it was airborne,” he told ARLnow.com. “I have no idea how it flipped.”
The driver was able to exit the overturned vehicle via the passenger-side door.
Residents of the Cherrydale neighborhood came to the scene after the wreck, and one witness who saw the crash said she had sent complaints to the county about the stop sign before. A similar accident happened in the same place nine months ago, the woman, who asked not to be identified, said.
“They’ve got to fix the stop sign,” she said. “This is not a safe corner.”
A car flipped on its roof on the eastbound lanes of Lee Highway this afternoon, sending at least one person to the hospital.
The accident happened between N. Nash and Quinn Streets, near Rosslyn, around 3:30 p.m. today (Friday). The late model Toyota Corolla somehow overturned, coming to rest in the left-hand lane of the three-lane thoroughfare.
One person was transported from the scene in an ambulance while police closed the two left lanes. A Bergmann’s Cleaning truck remained on scene while its driver gave statements to Arlington County police officers. It’s unclear whether the truck was involved in the accident or if the driver was being interviewed as a witness.
The car lost its right rear wheel in the crash, and the area around its left rear tire was stripped of paint in the accident.