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BREAKING NEWS — Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-66

by ARLnow.com September 24, 2010 at 9:10 am 5,341 34 Comments

(Updated at 9:45 a.m.) A four-car accident with injuries has occurred on eastbound I-66 near the Roosevelt Bridge and the ramp to Route 110.

Initial reports suggested one vehicle flipped over — if so it has since been righted. We’re also hearing that CPR was performed on one victim, and that he was rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. (See update here)

The vehicles involved in the accident include a Porsche, a Mercedes-Benz, an Acura and a minivan. Three other cars with no immediately visible signs of damage are also stopped at the accident scene.

Only one travel lane currently gets by at the accident scene.

Traffic on eastbound I-66 is being diverted onto Spout Run. Delays start at Sycamore Street/East Falls Church Metro.

Update at 10:05 a.m. — Traffic is back open on I-66 at Spout Run.

Update at 11:05 a.m. — Still just one lane getting by as flatbed trucks continue to take the damaged cars away.

Update at 1:30 p.m. — All lanes are back open.

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  • ArlRes

    38 year old female – heading to GW hospital.

  • ArlRes

    All eastbound traffic must exit at Spout Run.

  • Not the best picture, but my bus was right behind the accident as it happened – probably a total of 12 cars damaged. This porsche looked especially scary:

    http://i53.tinypic.com/vxp1ue.jpg

    • ArlRes

      Excellent picture.

    • ArlRes

      3Y?

      • Indeed it is!

        • ArlRes

          That bus is great. I wish it ran on weekends and more often weekdays. Also it’d be nice if it ran in the non-peak direction as well!

          • Katie

            Same for its cousin, the 16Y. I’m starting a grassroots campaign to have it run all day and Saturdays.

  • ArlRes

    Another accident in the area – US 50 / Ft Myer Drive with injuries. Silver Mazda.

  • charlie

    tragic. morning sun is terrible for Virginia commuters.
    interesting that the porsche windshield wipers are on. panic trying to stop and hit them or cleaning the dirt of the windshield because of morning sun.
    nice pic JEFF

  • charlie

    it is 1 o’clock and it is still closed.. not good.

  • Jorge

    Porsche, Acura and BMW drivers, specially young are the worst drivers in the area. Now that I ride a motorcycle (cruiser), I can tell the difference. They just drive around like the road is their playground.
    That porsche is done for…the bill of the medevac person is probably is not as much as the Porsche…sad isn’t? A person’s life is worth less than a vehicle.

    • LP

      How is it that someone’s life is worth less than a vehicle? I don’t get that correlation.

    • shirley

      i think it is a good thing that it would cost too much to fix the car ($20,000) while the health care costs are more reasonable, hopefully.
      One less porsche on the road is also a good thing.

    • SD

      Interesting, just yesterday a motorcycle almost caused a wreck on Canal Rd b/c they thought they ruled the road and were swerving in and out of cars. I think it has less to do with the vehicle and more to do with the awareness/alertness/agressiveness of the person driving.

      • LP

        I was about to state the same thing. In an apples to apples comparison, I believe more motorcycle riders drive/ride recklessly than car drivers.

  • Jorge

    That porsche is retailed at $55k brand new. The medevac is likely less than that.

    • LP

      Point being? Doesn’t matter if the car is worth $5k or $500K, no car is worth more than someones life.

      Do we even know if the person in the Porsche is the one that got lifted out? I still don’t see the point of your post.

      • Rich

        I’m with you LP. The post just does not make any sense. It’s a shame I’m even responding to it.

  • Jorge

    LP agreed, but tell that to the insurance and tell me their response to that. It doesn’t matter which driver got lifted. It’s an accident that should have not happened if the guilty party had been paying attention, not texting, talking on the phone, putting make up, or eating breakfast, or mulling on his/her job, or driving wrecklessly…drive safely moron! In the end, someone has to pay for the medevac. Who is it going to be? Hence, a person’s life is less valuable (brick and mortar) than the vehicle.

    • Rich

      You probably will not get to find out what happened here today and how it happened. Be glad of that because your comments would be different. And yes I know what and how.

      • RestonRunner86

        I hope I’m wrong, but my gut instinct was that one of the drivers had a heart attack that caused this horrible chain-reaction crash. I’m hoping he/she will be okay, along with the others involved.

    • South Arlington

      Man, Jorge looks like a real heartless zilch now. Guess this is why people shouldn’t overreact and bluster without knowing all the facts.

    • Pam

      Just an fyi, he suffered a massive heart attack while driving.

  • Lynn

    Let’s just hope everyone comes out of this accident ok, regardless of the circumstances in which it happened (which could be hundreds of different reasons that we just don’t know and probably never will).

  • B

    The victim that had the heart attack passed away.

    • ArlRes

      That’s sad. Just curious, did he pass because of injuries from the accident or the underlying condition that caused the accident.

      • B

        My understanding is that he died from the heart attack (which is what caused the accident in the first place). Turns out he was in indirect colleague of mine that some of my immediate co-workers had worked closely with.

        • sister

          b, thank you for clearing that up. indeed, it was my brother that passed away of a sudden heart attack that unfortunately caused the accident. though we are glad that the others in the accident were not seriously injured, we are all heartbroken.

    • Lynn

      Unfortunately that is not the news update I was hoping to hear. Thoughts and prayers for those affected today…

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