One Injured After Truck Loses Wheels on Glebe Road

by ARLnow.com May 14, 2012 at 11:14 am 5,364 15 Comments

(Updated at 11:55 a.m.) A tractor trailer lost two of its wheels while driving down S. Glebe Road this morning, causing an accident that sent one driver to the hospital.

Initial reports suggest the truck was heading southbound on Glebe near the intersection with S. Walter Reed Drive when a pair of its rear wheels flew off and struck a Mercedes SUV traveling northbound.

The driver of the Mercedes was taken to the hospital for evaluation of minor injuries, according to Arlington County police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The driver of the tractor trailer stayed on scene after the accident. The wheels ended up at the base of a clump of trees along the southbound side of Glebe.

As of 11:45 a.m., both the SUV and the tractor trailer had been towed away and an earlier northbound lane closure was lifted.

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    I thought the whole justfication of driving SUV’s was that they’re safer. Driver goes to the hospital from a smashed fender?

    • Ballston Resident

      You thought wrong.

    • JohnB2

      Depends on whether or not driver was wearing seatbelt, airbags were deployed, pre-existing conditions, etc.

      Maybe they just wanted an excuse to miss their Monday morning staff meeting?

    • CW

      Or maybe he wanted official documentation of his injuries on the record as fodder for the forthcoming litigation that is (rightfully) sure to ensue.

    • HughJassPhD

      “I thought the whole justfication of driving SUV’s was that they’re safer. Driver goes to the hospital from a smashed fender?”

      Dumbest comment of the day. But there’s still time to go. Want to try again?

      • drax

        Somebody drives an ugly gashog.

  • craig

    don’t judge

  • HP2000

    Looks like the truck was travelling northbound.

  • 1234

    Too bad it didn’t fly off the other side of the truck and take down that “house”

    • 5678

      Which “house” ??

      • WeiQiang

        The one behind the truck in the photo at 20th & Glebe. It’s boarded up.

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    Man, this is no joke people. The person in the SUV, big ugly gas hog or not, could have been killed if those tires as a unit hit the windshield. It is also lucky that the brake shoes didn’t sling loose and hit someone. Glad it wasn’t worse than it was.

    • BrianKal

      Exactly, that suv driver is one lucky guy … there was a person killed in NY recently when the exact same thing happened. I hope that truck company gets fined until they are out of business

  • Tumblebum

    Had those wheels come off on an Interstate at 65/70 MPH there could have been multiple fatalities. I understand that it was an accident but a lot of independents are cutting it close on maintenance trying to make it. I’ve twice taken big chunks of retread tires that did significant damage. Neither time did the truck stop.

  • alhagelthorn

    The photograph of the axle wheel end shows that the wheel separation occurred because of catastrophic failure of the outer bearing due to overheating. The spindle wheel nut can be seen still in place on the end of the axle. The complete disintegration of the outer bearing allowed the entire wheel assembly to slide outward over the spindle nut. You can draw your own conclusions as to the reason the bearing overheated.


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