Overturned Vehicle on Spout Run Parkway

by ARLnow.com January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm 1,284 18 Comments

gw-pkwy-wreck-stormpins(Updated at 4:45 p.m.) A crash involving an overturned vehicle on the Spout Run Parkway is causing rush hour traffic impacts.

The accident happened near Lorcom Lane, possibly at the turn-around between Lorcom Lane and the GW Parkway.

Two vehicles were reportedly involved in the wreck and one vehicle flipped on its roof. An individual was stuck in the overturned vehicle but seemed to to be okay, according to scanner traffic.

Drivers should expect significant traffic impacts in the area. It’s currently unclear whether the Parkway is blocked or if there are only lane closures in place.

Photo courtesy @StormPins

  • Scoot Scoot

    I hope everyone involved in the accident made it out okay.

    I also have been keeping a tally of rollovers in Arlington. Since 7/28/2010, I have counted 22 rollover or vehicle on side incidents in Arlington. Does that seem absolutely ridiculous for an area of 26 square miles!?

    • AL

      Not when you consider how many people live in those 26 square miles!

    • ARL-VA

      Unfortunately it is the norm throughout much of the United States. Car drivers caused the death of 30,000-32,000 Americans in 2011. That’s about average in recent years. Many people don’t understand just how much death and destruction is wreaked upon Americans every year in car crashes and car accidents. If an invading force killed 32,000 Americans, that would be considered a historic tragedy. But if it’s “only” car drivers that kill 32,000 a year, somehow it’s not a problem.

      It’s even more bizarre when there is the occasional death caused by a cyclist and people begin calling for bans on cycling and go on the Internet warpath against “spandex warriors” and “Lance wannabes”. There are a handful of Americans killed by cyclists across the U.S. each year, if that. So few that many people can actually name each incident by city and approximate date. Meanwhile, there are so many car-caused deaths that people assume it’s natural and somehow OK. It’s not OK. A lot of those accidents, crashes, hit and runs and deaths are caused by reckless and negligent behavior. Anything from speeding and red light running to texting while driving, websurfing while driving, speeding into right turns on red without bothering to look for pedestrians or other traffic, pulling out of parking garages without bothering to look for oncoming traffic, and on and on and on.

      I see this behavior every day. While many pedestrians and cyclists break traffic laws too, it’s not pedestrians and cyclists that are killing tens of thousands of Americans each and every year.

    • ARL-VA

      I forgot to mention all the drunk drivers, as well as drivers who are under the influence of other substances (marijuana, methamphetamines, sleeping pills, cold medicine). Drunk driving causes about a third of annual car-caused deaths in the U.S.

  • Flip Wilson

    It’s been a while since we’ve had a flipover.

  • WeiQiang

    f-l-i-p-p-e-d. oh, how i’ve missed you.

  • novasteve

    Do the arlnow people have a template for overturned car stories since they are so common? If they don’t it would be quicker to have a template available since there will be more of these this month.

  • cyclist

    Oops, sorry, my fault. It always is.

    • Auto tranny driver from Maryland

      No, it was me!

  • fedworker

    On their way back to the District or MD, most likely.

  • BallstonNOTBoston

    Is the backup heading N or S on the GW Pkwy?

  • speonjosh

    That would be North. No reason a closure of Spout Run should affect southbound traffic.

    Also, as an editorial aside – why add “the?” The headline has it right – “Spout Run Parkway.” Not THE Spout Run Parkway. Unless the current obsession of every college and university to add the word THE to their name is now infecting the egos of area roads? Or is it the inane SoCal practice of using definite articles in front of highways? Maybe I’ll start calling myself THE speonjosh.

    • snarl

      small things considered…there’s something else involved here. for me it’s The Thruway (nys) or The turnpike(fl) or The toll road, or The expressway, but 267, or 95 or 270 ( but The 270 spur). in england it’s The high street, but High street in u s. and on, and on.

  • YTK

    I hope everyone is ok– that being said do you think maybe the car (SUV?) skidded on a patch of FroYo?

  • Bob

    Screw em. I know the exact location for the Spout Run Parkway at that point. Speed limit is 35. That’s what I drive. But no. And we all know the GW Parkway (“The Parkway is a narrow and winding road with a speed limit that varies between 25 and 50 miles per hour.)” And that’s the speed limit I drive. But no. Probably one of you jerks will cause the next accident. I love to see your frustration when I drive the speed limit. Always have, always will. A few more off the road.

    • Bob III

      Back to your shuffleboard game Grampa.

    • ClarendonExpatriate

      “GET OFF MY LAWN!”

    • MD driver

      Are you from Ohio? Driving the speed limit is fine with me as long as you stay in right hand lane gramps.


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