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TRAFFIC ALERT — Glebe Road Shut Down Due to Accident

by ARLnow.com April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am 5,233 72 Comments

(Updated at 10:00 a.m.) Glebe Road was shut down in the area of 5th Street S. this morning due to a head-on collision between a car and a pickup truck

The accident happened just before 9:00 a.m., in front of Arlington Fire Station No. 1. Firefighters had to remove the top of the pickup truck to extricate the female driver, who was reported to be seriously injured. She was brought via ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of the car was reported to be alert and walking around after the accident.

Glebe Road was reopened to traffic around 10:00 a.m.

  • Waycroft Mike

    I can’t believe it. I live right by there! I was just there this morning.

    • nom de guerre

      Then shouldn’t you be Alcova Heights or Arlington Heights Mike?

      • drax

        Shouldn’t you be in a war somewhere?

        (google it if you don’t get the joke, people)

        • Tabs

          I like lamp.

        • nom de guerre

          It sometimes seems that some people are fighting a war on arlnow.com, such as the war against Sam’s Corner, Ballston Common Mall, automatics, slip lanes, etc.

    • frank

      me too. Lets hang out!

    • Parkington

      OMG you live in Arlington? And you’re reading a blog about Arlington?? AND YOU LIVE NEAR THERE????? AND YOU WERE THERE THIS MORNING HOLY SH**!!!! THAT’S CRAZY!!!!

      • Harry

        Arlington isn’t exactly a one road town…

        • Parkington

          At 26 Square miles, it is one of the very smallest counties in the country by land area. It should come as no shock to any Arlington resident if they see a story on here about a location near their house. Just sayin…

  • CP Neighbor

    That’s the usual time I pass by that spot. Glad I overslept this morning! Hope the others are ok.

  • Driving Instructor

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    • Tabs

      Looks like the driver at fault is the operator of the POS pick-up truck. Rarely do I see a “chick” driving one of those.

      • WeiQiang

        Yeah. Um, no.

      • nom de guerre

        I’m guessing you have never been to West Virginia.

        • Tabs

          Good call.

      • MC 703

        Thanks for your expert input. Glad you drive a superior vehicle.

      • jackson

        “Firefighters had to remove the top of the pickup truck to extricate the female driver”

    • WeiQiang

      The injured female was in the pickup truck, which appears to be in its own lane. The photos suggest that the Nissan had crossed into her lane.

      Then again, maybe you’re not suggesting what it appears you’re suggesting.

      • JamesE

        Photographic evidence suggests that there was a third vehicle in the grassy knoll.

      • ArlRes

        The nissan is impacted on it’s side and the truck from the front end. If the nissan crept into the oncoming traffic, it would have had head on impact. The side impact to the nissan makes it more likely the truck tried to turn into oncoming traffic, hit the nissan, which threw the truck backwards since it was likely almost stationary at that time and the force of the nissan threw it back. Obviously that’s an armchair guess at what happened, either way hope the woman is okay.

  • speonjosh

    Let the usual amateur and arm-chair crash-scene analysis begin! Complete with heaping doses of police criticism!

    Why they’d do it that way?
    Boy that looks fishy!
    Arlington fail!
    It’s a good thing there’s no trolley on Glebe!

    Etc. Etc.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. There are a slew of jabronis who think they are detectives, judges, juries, and experts in some way. Some very well might be but they come off as blowhards.

      • WeiQiang

        … looking up ‘jabronis’ …

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Spot on, Speonjosh!

    • WeiQiang

      Hmmm. A couple of folks looked at the photos and speculated … since the article did report the accident as a head-on accident. The photos suggest otherwise than was reported, that’s all. No one has even implied criticism of the police or Arlington, nor have they rolled in broader criticisms [yet] … other than the noodge who saw fit to generalize about women drivers. That’s a good amount of projection and pent-up resentment you’ve got going on there … which, of course, you are welcome to express.

      • speonjosh

        Uhhhh, how long have you been hanging out on the ARLNow comment boards?

        No projection and very little pent-up resentment. It’s just the way things go around here.

        Also, check the time – I posted this before any of the above commentary.

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  • frank

    what a perfect spot for the accident. There is literally a fire station right in front of the accident

  • Tabs

    P-U truck appears to have Md plates but an Arlington County sticker on the (now gone) windshield.

    • WeiQiang

      What? A car with out-of-state tags paying its property taxes??

  • Gilmer

    Pick-up probably pulled out into traffic and got t-boned by the sedan which was going south, and spun 90 degrees. Explains why they had to take her out through the top if the drivers door was where the car hit it. Also explains the serious injuries. The rear tires on the truck are rotated over to, which looks like it go hit pretty solid from the side.

    • WeiQiang

      Even though the article say it was a ‘head-on’ crash, I’d agree with you. The entire front of the Nissan is smushed in [that’s an engineering term].

    • nom de guerre

      I believe this particular model of truck comes with 4 wheel steering and there also appears to be significan damage to the rear bumper of the pick-up. This may or may not be a pre-existing condition?

    • FrenchyB

      Agreed – the pickup was probably heading east on S. 5th Street, then attempted turning left (north) on Glebe.

    • Arlwhenver

      My wife, who drove by shortly after the collision, says it looked like one of the vehicles was turning left on the diagonal off of Old Glebe onto Glebe Rd where it impacted, which would make for something between a head on and t-bone impact.

  • were the vehicles separated? It seems they hit head-on but they are now almost side by side. I assume they were moved so they could remove all the pieces of the pickup truck.

    This one looks nasty. Hope all are OK!

    Stupid question – did the firemen have to drive from their station to the wreck because of special equipment? That’s what I assume since they are right there . . .

    • Eyesofarl

      Pretty sure that they don’t store every fire truck in the county at that one station. And I am just guessing that the equipment is sometimes pretty heavy so carrying let’s say the Jaws of Life, may be a little hard

      • frank

        i could probably carry the jaws of life

        • Arlington, Northside

          Jaws of Life are kept on the Rescue Squads and the Trucks, not the Engine which is assigned to Station One. The Rescue and Truck from Station Four responded along with the Engine and Medic unit from Station One, among others.

  • nom de guerre

    I’m guessing both vehicles have automatic transmissions which is always a contributing factor.

    • Tipster

      Agree. And Clarendon was much less pretentious when everyone had a stick shift.

      • DarkHeart

        But now there isn’t that two second delay when the light turns green.

  • bizarro novasteve

    The person at fault was probably distracted because they were smoking while trying to work a stick shift.

    • ConstantCritic

      OMG, smoking, shifting, texting, dialing the cell phone – all the same time. oh – plus they’ve gotta check that playlist. Oh how’s my hair look?

      • nom de guerre

        How about my lipstick? I was stopped at a red traffic signal several years ago when I was rear ended/bumped by the car immediately behind me. When I got out of my car and went back to speak with the driver it appeared she was putting on lipstick and the lipstick ended up going up her nose as a result of the contact.

    • dk

      This made me LOL.

  • Arlington, Northside

    The early ’80s designed pickup that was exempt as a pickup from many safety requirements versus the sedan of the new century is very telling.

  • speonjosh

    There are certainly significant parts of Baltimore that one would not want to visit. But it’s hardly quite as bad as you describe. Arlington, Northside it ain’t, but if you can stand a bit more grit, it’s fine.

    And they’ve got plenty of the elusive “dive” bars that everyone around here is always pining after……

  • name withheld due to random deletions

    It’s Chris Zimmerman’s fault.

  • Witness #1

    My apartment overlooks this intersection (Stratton House) and I was watching the whole thing from my window. Right around 9:00 I heard a loud thud and the sound of what sounded like a car backfire. I looked down and saw that there was a collision right outside at the intersection. The female driver is my neighbor and lives in my building. She was likely trying to turn onto 5th Street South, while the Nissan driver was trying to turn off of 5th street and onto Glebe (this intersection is really dangerous).

    It took quite awhile for emergency help to get there – a driver-by who may have been an EMT was the first one on the scene to evaluate the woman. They took her off with a stretcher and a neckbrace after having to cut the top half of her car and have a group of firefighters pull her out together.

    The other driver seemed to be okay and was walking around afterwards, able to help police piece together what happened.

    I’ll ignore the ignorant comments about women drivers, models of cars, and paying taxes – not worth addressing when someone was seriously injured.

    • Sarah

      That is not what happened – I was behind the accident when it happened. The Nissan was going straight in the left lane of Glebe Rd. when the pickup came flying out across traffic from the side street. There was nothing he could have done differently. He braked as fast as he could but she was in the middle of Glebe road perpendicular to traffic – he couldn’t avoid hitting her. It was her fault completely.

      • NissanDriver

        Sarah – I was the driver of the Nissan…please email me at [email protected] if you could.

    • Smash Smash

      let the record show that Witness #1 is lying to the jury under oath.

      • Sarah

        I don’t mean to make light of the situation, but this person did not see the accident – they heard it and then ran to the window. I watched it happen on the road right in front of me.

        Certainly hope everyone will be okay, but the driver of the pickup was absolutely at fault.

        Sorry to hear it took so long for emergency services to arrive and assist the victims, I called the accident as soon as I pulled over.

      • Sandy

        Frankly, everything that Witness #1 said in their post can be drawn from the photos and write-up of the article.

        • Yeah, okay.

          You’re right, Sandy. I troll the Arlington blogs to read the articles and look at pictures to write up what I think happened like I was watching.

          You’re clever.

  • DarkHeart

    The fire station is right there. How long did the emergency help take? 10 seconds?

  • Witness #1

    They weren’t at the station at the time; I’m assuming they were on another call elsewhere, because it took between 5-10 minutes for any authorities to arrive.

  • John Fontain

    I wonder if that truck will qualify as being totaled.

    • JamesE

      Arlington will double its value on the tax assessment since it is now a convertible.

      • Transplant

        She has MD tags even though she lives in Arlington.

        • frank

          taxation department get her for taxes plus back taxes!!!!!!!!! After she is out of the hospital of course.

  • Sarah

    I was driving directly behind the Nissan when this accident happened this morning on Glebe Road. I pulled over and called the police. The female in the pickup truck shot out from a side street, driving across traffic on Glebe Road. The Nissan didn’t even have time to stop when she flew out in front of him. He smashed into her and sent the truck over the median. It was NOT the Nissan’s fault – the truck shot out across traffic totally out of nowhere.

    • craig

      (insert derogatory Maryland drivers insult here)

      It’s true though

    • MC 703

      She was surely ticketed then. There is a big ol’ NO LEFT TURN sign coming out of Old Glebe but people very often disregard the sign and fly out into traffic. I commute NB in the morning and SB in the evening and have dodged these idiots probably once or twice per month.

      • MC 703

        Nevermind… Old Glebe is too far away. I wonder if she just ran the light and pulled out of 5th.


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