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TRAFFIC ALERT — Car Flips on Its Roof on SB I-395

by ARLnow.com March 10, 2011 at 10:39 am 2,332 26 Comments

Update at 11:30 a.m. — The accident has been cleared and all lanes are now open.

A black Mercedes has flipped on its roof on southbound I-395 just past the Washington Boulevard exit.

Police and firefighters are on the scene reporting that the driver was able to walk away from the accident.

The wreck is in the left lane, with two right lanes getting by the accident scene. Minor delays are forming at Washington Boulevard.

  • Evil

    I’m sure Joe thinks the police are to blame for this one too

    • Joe

      I do indeed. Lazy police = reckless driving = accidents.

      • Evil

        your level of reasoning is completely assanign.
        So by your account we can do whatever we want until the police stop us from doing so. Uh no… how about you grow up and live like a civilized person instead of a caveman.

        • Joe

          Asinine, @Evil, asinine. Doesn’t your onboard computer have spellcheck?

          • Evil

            Not a cop… just someone who has respect for them and isn’t ASININE enough to blame them for mine or anyone elses screw ups 🙂

          • local

            It’s your fault that Joe is such a dolt.

  • CW


  • Overgrown Bush

    Hydroplane likely.

  • Lacy Forest

    I have always wondered what you could do at legal highway speeds to flip completely over on to your top.

    • CW

      With a center of mass that low, it would take some doing.

      • GMo

        Exactly my thinking. I wondered at first if it was the Mercedes SUV but this looks like a sedan to me. Those Mercedes sedans are low to the ground and have fairly tight suspensions…this must have been an interested conflation of factors.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      We don’t know the vintage, but it’s a Mercedes. As such, its builder makes a point of including the most sophisticated antilock brakes, electronic stability control, suspension, and other safety measures available. There may have been some totally legitimate hazard, but the vehicle needed significant control inputs by the driver to end up on its roof.

      Whether the driver was at fault, or not, could we all look at this incident, reflect for a couple of seconds, and resolve not to drive like aggressive, maniacal, dimwits for at least a few hours?

      • Overgrown Bush

        A hydroplane situation can take a car, at speed, sideways while on top of the water. When it hits pavement again it is still travelling at speed but is now sideways. It flips.

        • JamesE

          Not a Mercedes, they are so sophisticated they completely negate the affect of water on tires.

          • Overgrown Bush

            Ha ha…. right. Well, I see one on it’s roof.

          • CW

            There is a line in the owner’s manual for the BMW E92 coupe which is appropriate here:

            “The laws of physics cannot be repealed, even with dynamic stability control. An appropriate driving style always remains the responsibility of the driver.”

            Maybe M-B needs to start including this line in its manuals as well?

          • GMo

            Thats assuming these people actually read their manuals…

          • JamesE

            So sophisticated it needs no manual

          • CW

            Maybe he was reading it while driving?

        • LaceyForest

          Makes sense.

  • CrystalMikey

    Maryland plates?

  • formerbristow

    These accidents from privileged higher income mercedes drivers endangers the lower income residents of the 395 corridor. More studies are needed before such accidents can be permitted. The driver therefore may be liable personally. Hopefully Zimmerman can champion this.

    • BoredHouseWife

      I see what you did there

    • BoredHouseWife

      I see what you did there.

    • CW

      HOT lanes don’t have accidents; let’s build some HOT lanes.

  • fairgrrl

    Last couple of weeks a black Mercedes has been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed morning and evening rush hours on 395 between King Street and the Pentagon.


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