Wreck Involving Taxi on Washington Boulevard

by ARLnow.com October 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm 5,613 21 Comments

A D.C. taxicab somehow went up a steep embankment, ran into and partially went over a guardrail on Washington Boulevard this afternoon.

The accident happened around 1:00 p.m. on the section of Washington Boulevard between I-395 and Columbia Pike. Initial reports suggest the taxi was heading northbound from I-395 to Washington Boulevard when it ran up an embankment and into the guardrail along the southbound lanes of Washington Boulevard.

It’s unclear how the accident happened, although initial reports suggest another vehicle might have been involved in the accident; that vehicle suffered only minor damage.

The driver of the Ford Crown Victoria cab was extricated by firefighters and taken to a local hospital, according to scanner traffic. Traffic on Washington Boulevard was backed up as crews worked to remove the cab from the guardrail.


  • BrianKal

    DC Cab – Not surprised. They are truly the worst drivers in an area with terrile drivers. And I’ve complained to DC Taxicab Commission about that but they informed me they have no oversight on that.

  • Richard Cranium

    -10 style points for not flipping. This is Arlington, people.

    • CrystalMikey

      pesky guardrail

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  • Garden City

    If he’s anything like the last DC cab driver I rode with, he lost control of his car while trying to put his seatbelt on while trying to pour a cup of coffee from a Thermos.

    • AA

      and yapping on his cell phone in a foreign language

  • JamesE

    An automatic liberal taxi most likely

    • drax

      With wifi!

      • WeiQiang

        … but no iPad. Or suitcase.

  • arlbiker

    There was a Lexus SUV with obvious rear end damage sitting on lower portion as I went by the accident. Saw the taxi getting ready to be towed out.

    • DCBuff

      Aha! I knew something was amiss. Any accident in ArlCo must involve an SUV, preferably flipped, with MD tags and a texting driver.

      • ArLater

        Prob was an automatic too

  • Observer

    Based on photo #2, it looks like they intended to hook the cab up over the rail. I wonder if they followed through with that. It’s probably possible with one of those flatbeds, but kind of extreme.

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  • MysteryScienceTheater

    I think he’s trying to make a ramp onto the ramp
    for mountan bikes

  • Bridgecicle

    Isn’t that where that gas tanker flipped over in the middle of the night and burned up?

    • YTK

      not far from it.

  • Cletus Van Damme

    My guess? No one heard the Crown Victoria say, “on your left”! It never ends…

  • Right of Center

    Maybe distracted by the bright LED lamp posts?

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