Penrose Wreck Sends Three to Hospital

by ARLnow.com August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm 3,350 19 Comments

The Arlington County Fire Department had to use hydraulic rescue tools to extricate occupants of a vehicle involved in a two-car crash in the Penrose neighborhood this morning.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of 2nd Street S. and S. Wayne Street. A Ford SUV collided with a Chevrolet sedan belonging to Maid Bright, a Sterling-based home cleaning service.

Initial reports suggest three people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Firefighters used heavy tools to cut the roof off the Chevrolet in order to extricate the occupants inside.

Second Street South is currently closed but is expected to reopen shortly, as crews are in the process of clearing the wrecked cars and broken glass.


  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Mmmmm hydraulic tool.

  • Ashton Heights

    Looks like the Ford was going straight, and the chevy tried to cut across.

    • Josh S

      Looks can be deceiving.

  • Duder3

    SUV drivers and housekeepers–with teenage girls, part of the unholy trinity of bad drivers.

    Hope they all turn out OK.

  • outoftowner

    In before played out automatic transmission joke.


    That’s my hood!!!

  • Resident

    Difficult corner to see around especially if anyone is parked on street. Person pulling out after stopping can easily get clipped if the 2nd street driver is not under the speed limit AND watching.

  • PikeRyan


  • Wages

    Ugh – having read Nickle & Dimed, I’m worried about how the Maid Bright employees will deal with any medical expenses, even if their injuries were minor. Worker’s comp? I hope the clients cut them some slack!

  • 2nd and Wayne

    That corner is really dangerous. It’s essentially a blind corner with the cars parked there. It’s even difficult taking a right.

  • Mary-Austin

    Crossing 2nd Street is dangerous in lots of places. People go way too fast down 2nd.
    Please no more speed humps but another stop sign or two wouldn’t hurt anyone.

  • Resident

    Wayne is the same way and they added stop signs. We asked for traffic calming and we got the stop after multiple speed machines checked speeds over several years. With stores on one end and dhs on the other it is only a matter of time.

  • Rhonda

    I walked for exercise down 2nd street and I KNOW how fast traffic is, so I don’t walk in Penrose anymore, I go to a gym for exercise. The neighborhood is really becoming a HOOD, and I mean that sincerely.

    • CommonCents

      The average listing price for a home in 22204 is $471k. If that’s what you consider a hood, then I highly recommend you don’t get lost in southeast DC, Baltimore, etc. Get a grip.

    • Josh S

      Did you have a speed gun with you? If not, how do you KNOW how fast traffic is? Pedestrians typically overestimate the speed of cars by 5-15 mph. Understanding this phenomenon is one reason why the county won’t just take people’s word for it when they claim cars are speeding down their street and demand traffic calming measures.

      • YTK

        They do drive too fast. So Courhouse is also a prime example. They speed up and down there at all hours.

        • Rhonda

          Thank you YTK, we have the GRIP on reality here in the Penrose neighborhood. Some people can’t read and a lot of people don’t have drivers licenses.

  • YTK

    Hope everyone is on the mend. What’s equally dangerous is Col Pike and South Veitch street– people making left turns from Col Pike into So Veitch are in a BIG hurry to avoid oncoming traffic, buses, etc, so they turn without seeing if there are any PEDESTRIANS crossing So. Veitch. Sometimes there ARE pedestrians crossing ….. NOT a good situation. South Veitch should be a ONE-WAY southbound street only — no more left turns from Col Pike into So Veitch; right turns only, from Col Pike.

  • TruthSeeker

    Looks like it’s time to install a traffic signal, a traffic circle, some caution signs, new curvy curbs, a radar speed sign, some flashing lights and a few speed humps. Where is Arlington’s traffic calming when you need it!?


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