Several Injured in 14th Street Bridge HOV Wreck

by ARLnow.com March 11, 2011 at 9:26 am 2,426 23 Comments

Update at 10:40 a.m. — The accident has been cleared and traffic is moving smoothly.

Four people have been injured, two seriously, in a wreck in the northbound HOV lanes of the 14th Street Bridge.

Nearly a dozen police, fire and medic units from Arlington and the District have responded to the accident scene. Northbound HOV traffic on I-395 is backed up to Washington Boulevard.

Several vehicles were involved in the collision.

  • ArlNow,

    What kind of scanner are you using?

  • Arlington, Northside

    It was a very slow responce. For what ever reason only DC was dispatched until the responding units called for mutual assistance from Arlington. ACFD could have been there much faster.

    • CW

      It was a slow “responce” because they had to come all the way from England…

  • CW

    Ok, is it that ArlNow has made a concerted effort to start focusing more on traffic accidents, or has there really been that much of an increase in them in past days?

    • Danville Mayor

      With the bad weather (and equally bad driving) there have been more accidents lately. And several spectacular ones at that.

      • Arlington, Northside

        This wreak had a BMW with airbags deployed and the DC medics were puting a neck brace on a passanger in the back seat at about 8:50am

    • Typically, we report on accidents that have one or more of the following elements:

      (1) Significant injuries
      (2) Significant traffic impact
      (3) Accidents on major roads or at dangerous intersections that are of interest due to an ongoing narrative or a particularly compelling photo.

      The policy has not changed. There have just been more significant accidents lately.

      • Clarendude

        Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

        Using just the population to apportion the number of accidents to Arlington, one would expect ~4,280 accidents a year in Arlington or about a dozen a day.

        • CW

          Thank you for the statistics – this is what I was getting at.

        • Sounds about right. Most of those accidents are minor, of course.

        • lily

          No you wouldn’t. Arlington’s population drives much less than the national average. The correct metric to adjust by would be vehicle miles traveled, not population.

          • madisonmanor

            Not sure there is a “correct” metric, but vehicle miles traveled would not be statistically significant. (http://www.carinsurance.com/Articles/content31.aspx)

            It would make more sense to factor in the percentage that drive every day – from that perspective I would agree that Arlington’s population drives less than average. But there are too many qualitative factors to consider that make establishing a “correct” metric difficult.

        • Maria

          Rep. Peter King should have a hearing on cars as they are clearly a threat to the American people.

          • Dan

            “Rep. Peter King should have a hearing on cars as they are clearly a threat to the American people.”

            Yeah, but that would fall under the category of, “Dog bites man”.

          • Maria

            It’s possible you missed my point?

          • Dan

            I was joking…..

          • Maria

            Okey doke.

  • Ben

    What time was the accident? I noticed the HOV lanes were unusually backed up around 8am and was wondering why.

  • Evil

    No comments from Joe yet!

    • CW

      Maybe he was the victim of sloppy police work.

      • Evil

        Ah! Well hopefully he let them know they were to blame! 😀


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