Westbound Columbia Pike Shut Down

by ARLnow.com June 3, 2011 at 9:05 am 2,912 11 Comments

Update at 9:30 a.m. — The accident has been cleared and Columbia Pike has reopened.

Westbound Columbia Pike has been shut down in front of the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse due to a truck fire.

A rental truck caught fire around 8:30 this morning. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, but an oil leak has now reportedly been discovered.

Firefighters and police are expected to remain on the scene for about an hour — until about 10:00 a.m. — as the leak is cleaned up. Traffic is being diverted onto Walter Reed Drive.

While ARLnow.com was on the scene, a Metrobus driver decided to skip the detour and instead drive westbound in the eastbound turn lane of Columbia Pike (see photo above).

  • SmartAss

    waiting for you know who to come in and comment… “thank God this happened on wide streets with good access. If it happened on N. Edgewood St, ACFD wouldn’t be able to access this blaze and get ladders in place and someone would probably die.”

  • Stoneridge

    Your mom? ;->

    Not surprised by the bus driver’s stunt. Some drivers will cross a double yellow line even when going up a hill. (griting teeth)

  • Westover

    Most likely the ACPD officers waved the bus through so that he could keep to his schedule and serve the people.

    • No, that did not happen.

      • Westover

        Then the cops on scene failed, they should have shot out his tires, draged the drivfer off the bus, and given him a beat down…..


  • Wayne Kubicki

    Incidents like these only highlight the folly of putting a fixed-rail trolley on a major thoroughfare as busy as the Pike.

    • SoArlRes

      Hmm. I suppose I’d be amenable to an underground metro line sort of like what was originally planned years ago if you think we can afford it. Otherwise, I’ll just smile big from my seat on the trolley. 😀

      • Erick

        Smile from your seat on the trolley which will be stuck behind that accident for the next three hours?

    • CarsSuck

      not sure where you get your expert analysis from. Major cities like San Francisco, Boston, Portland, Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City are doing just fine with trolleys and lightrail sharing the street. Sounds like your just another self righteous p—- who can’t stand the idea of having to slow down and switch lanes to pass a stopped train.

  • charlie

    i rode a 38B bus the other day that decided the rush-hour one-lane eastbound portion of Washington Blvd prior to Clarendon Circle didn’t apply to him. just toddled on up as Metro bus is bound do to.

  • Kara

    But of COURSE busses get the right of way. The other day I was walking with my partner. We crossed the street at a diagonally striped crosswalk with a sign further emphasizing that pedestrians had the right of way there (I guess for the benefit of people that thought it was just fine to hit people walking maybe).

    Of course, a metro bus plowed right between us.

    As to the bus that went the wrong way: did you get the driver’s DOB, their entire name (including the middle one) and SSN, the bus VIN number and bus number, exactly what time it left the garage, a complete mug shot of the driver, and a notarized photocopy of the relevant page of the log book of who was driving the bus? If not metro will get back to you (eventually, you will need to bug them several times) saying they were unable to determine who it was.


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