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Slick Roads Lead to Accidents, Slow Traffic

by ARLnow.com October 14, 2010 at 9:12 am 2,161 10 Comments

Heavy rain is making for a slow go this morning. Nearly the entire length of northbound I-395 is slow, and multiple accidents have been reported.

One accident, seen above, is blocking a left-hand lane on southbound I-395. Another accident, now cleared, caused a car to flip over in the westbound lanes of the Roosevelt Bridge, blocking traffic heading toward Virginia from DC.

Update at 10:20 a.m. — A three-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer has been reported on Route 110 near the Pentagon. No injuries have been reported, but the accident is causing major backups on Route 110.

  • JamesE

    People in this area only know how to drive two ways when it rains, incredibly fast, or well below the speed limit. No one is capable of going a normal pace.

    • Brian

      Couldn’t agree more. And with so many 2-lane only roads (66 inside the beltway, for example) …. it’s impossible to get around those going 20mph. My average speed this morning was 18mph from getting on 66eb at Glebe to E St Expressway

      • Brian

        …but even with the traffic worse I have ever seen, was still equal to or a few minutes shorter than taking Metro on it’s good days, which are far and few between.

  • Arlington

    Is it wrong for me to ask if many of the drivers in this region are foreign born and if there is a correlation between their birthplace and their driving ability?

    • South Arlington

      Most of the terrible drivers seem to be white, middle aged women driving SUVs and minivans.

      • Arlington

        The accident last week on 95 that involved a VA State Trooper had a bunch of foreign sounding last names involved. I won’t post it here, but if you search for an article on the accident you’ll see those involved.

      • charlie

        as a bicycle commuter, the ONLY vehicles I worry about are Minivans driven by middle age women. They think the world is responsible for their absurd schedules. They really scare me on my bike. And in my old commute I had two places that I had to dismount and walk across GW parkway and it was ALWAYS a woman who wasn’t stopping.

  • MikeyinCrystalC

    Could be worse…could be snow.

    Too soon?

  • charlie

    I would be interested to know how many accidents are on this curve of I-395. In the last couple of weeks it seems to be WEEKLY. This used to also be a great curve for state trooper to sit at and get people on 395. Correlation??

  • TheFish

    Slick roads are NOT the problem. DRIVERS are the problem. I’ve driven in blizzards (up north), ice, slush and downpours and never ONCE have gotten into an accident. If everyone drove like a sane human being, we wouldn’t have so man accidents around here. Stop driving so fast, serving in and out of traffic, tailgaiting, texting, reading, talking on the phone, eating and texting while picking your nose….just DRIVE people.

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