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Three-Car Wreck Shuts Down North Arlington Roads

by ARLnow.com March 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm 3,678 17 Comments

Several Yorktown-area streets have reopened since a lunchtime wreck sent one person to the hospital.

An Audi flipped on its roof and two other cars suffered severe front-end damage in the crash at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Rock Spring Road. One person was taken to the hospital and reportedly evaluated for possible head injuries. Amazingly, everybody else was apparently able to walk away from the wreck.

It’s unclear how the collision happened. The speed limit on Old Dominion Drive is 35 miles per hour and there is a stop light at the intersection. Police took photos of the scene as part of an accident investigation.

Old Dominion and Rock Spring were both shut down for just over an hour.

  • Lou

    Hope it’s not the high school lunch crowd.

    That’s a pretty wide-open intersection. No obstructed views really. Maybe one car slowed down at the last minute to hang a turn and the car behind swerved into oncoming traffic.

  • TryTheTacos

    Love the one gent sitting on the bench very casual like. Wonder if he’s actually waiting for the bus there… cause I’m guessing it wasn’t coming until the road reopened.

  • BallstonDude

    Well, the SUV is flipped…

  • charlie

    dangerous intersection. looks like the Audi flipped over the weird drainage ditch along this road. very hazardous section.

  • brendan

    police file photo…

    • charlie (other)

      and so close to Marymount. Coincidence?

  • CW

    How in the world…

  • local

    “It’s unclear how the collision happened. The speed limit…”

    This is where I started to laugh.

  • Tabby

    Good Lord! Slow down, people. Jeez, so many bad, aggressive drivers out there!

  • formerbristow

    nova drivers won’t be deterred from getting their crash on. No matter what, they will find a way.

  • CW


  • GMo

    Marymount is my alma mater and having lived on campus and up the road in McLean for 4 year I can say that this intersection is indeed quite dangerous. Northbound drivers on Old D often exeed 50 MPH on the segment between Glebe to Kirby Rd.

  • Skeptical

    I was involved in an accident near here when I was still on my learner’s permit (you don’t want to know how long ago that was), and the cause was someone treating those nearly-empty residential double-yellow streets as a highway. Kind of. She was an 80-something driving with no license on her person and an out of date registration with a dead dog in the front seat, apparently on her way to a pet cemetery, and she passed me on the left just as I was about to turn off of Rock Spring, going about 40 miles an hour.

    People get very comfy with helling along on the two-lanes of toney North Arlington at highway speeds. One of my classmates at Yorktown killed another classmate on Little Falls, just up the hill, gunning his engine over the rise on the way home from school.

    I’m not at all sure that anything will stop certain people from driving as if there will never be any consequences, but some hard-assed enforcement in those parts ought to help.

    • G. Clifford Prout

      How sad. Driving her dead dog to the cemetery.

    • shirley

      Not sure how old you are, but Old Dominion used to be dash-yellow line — allowing for overtaking. It was fun. Only one small stretch out near Great Falls is still dash-yellow.

  • Novanglus

    They should turn Old Dominion back into a transit line and get rid of the cars.


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