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Car Knocks Down Light Pole Outside 7-Eleven

by ARLnow.com June 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm 4,255 18 Comments

A Volvo crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into a light pole in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven across from Kenmore Middle School this morning, according to witnesses.

The force of the collision knocked the pole to the ground, damaging an SUV in the process.

A man and woman who were in the front seat of the Volvo were both transported to the hospital with injuries, witnesses say. Two children who were in the back seat were brought to the hospital with the adults, but were apparently not injured. The driver of the SUV, who was in the vehicle at the time of the collision, was also uninjured.

It’s unclear what caused the accident, which occurred around 11:00 a.m.

At least one northbound lane of Carlin Springs Road was closed following the collision. The 7-Eleven and another businesses in the small strip mall remained open. Dominion was called to help shut off power to the pole.

  • charlie

    oh no protect the kids.
    oh wait, school is out…

  • ArlingtonLawyer

    It’s always an SUV.

    • Not This Time

      Actually, it was a Volvo sedan that caused the accident. The SUV was merely damaged in the process. Can’t blame the SUVs this time!

  • Was the vehicle coming off the 50 east exit and making the steep/sharp right on Carlin Springs? It is easy to run into the median if you do not slow down.

    I hope everyone is okay.

    • PhilL

      That ramp is kind of far down the hill from where this happened. Seems like they would have had plenty of time to stop if they blew the turn.

      • JDR

        I live a block away and I just took the turn on my way home. I still don’t understand how this happened. The median goes up to the one-way street that goes to Kenmore, but you are right in that there is enough room for correction. Maybe speeding was involved and the driver lost control. I am happy that no one was seriously hurt.

  • Me

    Wow, who cares!

    • Sam

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      • CrystalMikey


      • Josh S

        This is all true, but it would also be possible to interpret this comment as a message to ARLNow to find more interesting and worthwhile content. Some posts do stretch it a bit. For example, I fully expect to read a story soon about a flip flop found in a fountain. Oh wait….

        • Maria

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    • doodly

      You cared enough to read it, and comment.

  • John Fontain

    That Volvo driver must have thought 7-11 was about to run out of taquitos and corn dog rollers.

  • JamesE

    Granny shifting, not double clutching like they should.

    • Kyle


  • ArlForester

    The driver must have had her hands at 7 and 11 instead of 10 and 2. That explains how she veered left.

  • Joe Hoya

    I’m not judging. There have been times when I’ve had my two children in the back seat of my car that I’ve wanted to drive head-on into a light post.

    • othersideoftheriver



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