Bike and Walk to School Day — Today was Bike and Walk to School Day for Arlington Public Schools. The yearly event encourages families to use their feet — rather than cars — to get to school, at least for a day. [Twitter, Twitter, Twitter]
Hospital Expansion Meets Some Resistance — Some neighbors are at odds with Virginia Hospital Center over its plan to expand its campus. Complaints include objections to “height and mass in close proximity to single-family homes” and the large number of proposed parking spaces. [Greater Greater Washington]
Machinery Topples Over, Blocking Road — A piece of heavy machinery toppled over on Little Falls Road at N. Sycamore Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood yesterday. The cleanup temporarily blocked Little Falls Road. [Twitter]
Fourth High School Could Cost >$250 Million — “Redeveloping portions of the Arlington Career Center campus near Columbia Pike to accommodate a fourth general high school in Arlington could end up costing a quarter-billion dollars or more depending on amenities, according to preliminary cost estimates being fleshed out by school officials.” [InsideNova]
Another Farmers Market Opens — Arlington County is now home to ten farmers markets, with another on the way. The Arlington Mill farmers market opened over the weekend and hosted a Latin jazz band and Arlington’s Art Truck, in addition to numerous food vendors. [Arlington County]
More on Controversial Favola Auction Item — “Brian White of Winchester was the winning Democratic bidder. He said in an interview Monday that he thought the offer blurred the line of appropriateness, but had an idea: ‘I was looking at how much it was and I was like, Dominion [Energy] pays a whole lot more for this type of access.’ He said he plans to offer the day in Richmond to Theresa ‘Red’ Terry, the Roanoke County woman who spent 34 days living in a tree stand to protest incursion of a natural gas pipeline through her land.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley
(Updated at 4 p.m.) A vehicle has overturned on the GW Parkway near the Roosevelt Bridge.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Initial reports suggest the vehicle crossed several lanes of traffic before running off the side of the southbound GW Parkway.
The vehicle overturned and came to rest on the driver’s side. The occupant of the vehicle was able to get out and was not reported to be seriously injured.
Southbound traffic is slow approaching the crash scene, backing up well past the Key Bridge.
— Chief 288 (@Chief288) April 9, 2018
Image (top) via Google Maps
A man was able to crawl out from an overturned car in the Douglas Park neighborhood Tuesday night.
The vehicle crashed just before 9 p.m. on the 1700 block of S. Quincy Street, several blocks south of Columbia Pike. The man, believed to be the driver, was briefly trapped in the vehicle but was able to “self-extricate” after firefighters arrived on scene, according to scanner traffic.
The man was evaluated for injuries by medics.
A fire department spokesman said via Twitter that drivers should be cautious on roads, which are “already slick” ahead of Wednesday’s predicted snowstorm.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) March 21, 2018
A collision at a busy intersection in Lyon Park blocked traffic during the Monday evening rush hour.
The crash happened just before 5 p.m., at the intersection of N. Daniel Street and 10th Street N. One vehicle, a Volvo XC70, tipped to its side while a Mitsubishi Eclipse was severely damaged.
Two ambulances were dispatched to the scene, though no serious injuries were reported, according to the police scanner. The intersection was temporarily blocked by emergency vehicles; it reopened around 5:45 p.m.
At least two vehicle occupants were walking around the closed-off intersection speaking with police and taking photos of the crash.
Map via Google Maps
ACFD Responds to Overturned Truck — Rescue crews responded to the intersection of George Mason Drive and 27th Street N., in the Yorktown neighborhood, just before 6:30 last night for a crash involving an overturned vehicle. At least two vehicles, including a minivan, and a pickup truck that overturned, were involved. [Twitter]
Apartment Fire in Ashton Heights — Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire in the storage room of an apartment building in Ashton Heights yesterday afternoon. The fire happened on the 500 block of N. Piedmont Street and was “kept small by sprinklers.” [Twitter]
I-66 Tolls Not as Bad as You Might Think — According to VDOT, tolls on the first day of HOT lanes on I-66 were, on average, not too bad: “The average round-trip toll price was $14.50, with the average morning toll paid of $10.70 and average afternoon toll paid of $3.80. This average toll rate is lower than the estimated average toll rate of $17.00 round-trip discussed in 2015.” Also, Friday morning’s tolls were lower than those of previous days. [VDOT, Washington Post]
Kaspersky Closes Arlington Office — Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has closed its government sales office in Arlington as a result of the government banning use of Kaspersky antivirus software on federal computers. The company “came under tough US scrutiny after US officials became concerned about the company’s links to the Russian government.” [Buzzfeed]
Flickr pool photo by Michael Coffman
Police and firefighters are on scene of a rollover crash on Wilson Blvd involving an Arlington County Park Ranger.
A car reportedly struck the back of the park ranger’s SUV, causing it to flip on its roof. Wilson Blvd is currently blocked at Patrick Henry, near Upton Hill Regional Park, while police investigate and the wreckage is cleared.
No serious injuries were reported.
Update at 1:20 p.m. — The westbound lanes of Wilson Blvd have reopened.
Firefighters are on scene of an overturned vehicle on the GW Parkway.
The crash happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the parkway, near the Key Bridge. First responders are reporting that a white van flipped onto its side.
The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and is being evaluated for minor injuries.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Army Navy Drive is closed in 1600 block due to overturned vehicle. 1 occupant transported to hospital. Expect traffic delays. pic.twitter.com/56nimGtBXS
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) October 4, 2017
An SUV careened into woods and overturned during this morning’s commute.
The incident happened along the 1600 block of Army Navy Drive, police said, not far from Pentagon City. The crash scene was also near Army-Navy Country Club and the ramp from I-395 to Arlington Ridge Road.
A police spokeswoman said the vehicle had been traveling along Army Navy Drive at the time of the crash.
One person was transported to the hospital, according to police. One lane of Army Navy Drive has reopened but drivers should expect delays in the area.
Map via Google Maps
All lanes of S. Walter Reed Drive are closed in the area of Four Mile Run Drive due to a major crash.
The wreck happened just before 3:45 p.m. Monday on the steep hill leading down to Four Mile Run Drive. Initial reports suggest that at least three vehicles were involved and at least two people were hurt and are being transported to the hospital.
At least one of the vehicles overturned as a result of the crash, which knocked down utility poles and wires.
A number of people witnessed the crash. Witnesses reportedly told police that one of the drivers crossed into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed.
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️: Walter Reed Drive is closed between S. Quincy Street and Four Mile Run Drive for crash investigation. Seek alt route.
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) September 25, 2017
2 patients transported. No entrapment. E109M remaining on scene for power company to take care of down poles and for vehicle removal. pic.twitter.com/M7kyZ3uBBA
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) September 25, 2017
Photos from the accident on S. Walter Reed Dr. pic.twitter.com/juC4lqk3Sc
— LincolnACFD (@LincolnACFD) September 25, 2017
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A vehicle overturned on the road from Shirlington to Fairlington Monday night.
The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. on the 4200 block of 31st Street S.
It’s unclear how the crash happened. At least one parked car had visible damage near the flipped car.
It was initially reported that one person was trapped in the car, but that person was able to “self-extricate,” according to scanner traffic. No serious injuries were reported.
The road was closed following the wreck, while police waited for a tow crew to arrive.
A car flipped on Spout Run Parkway this morning, rolling down a steep slope into the woods nearby.
Officers from the U.S. Park Police responded to the southbound side of the parkway just after its intersection with Lorcom Lane around 10:45 a.m. today (Wednesday).
The driver appeared to lose control of the car before careering off the road and into the woods. There were no injuries reported.
Park Police were on scene, and by 11 a.m. a tow truck was on scene to remove the wrecked car. A police car occupied the right-hand lane nearby. There were no significant traffic impacts.
At least four other incidents of vehicles flipping or running into the woods along Spout Run Parkway have been reported over the past six years, including one incident last year of a motorcycle chase ending on the parkway.
A driver “hit the gas instead of the brakes” and flipped her car in the East Falls Church Metro commuter parking lot this morning, according to a fire department spokesman.
The incident was first reported around 7 a.m.
Rescuers from the Arlington County Fire Department helped to extricate the woman from the overturned vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, the spokesman said.
One patient has been successfully extricated & transported with non life threatening injuries. Incident-East Falls Church Metro parking lot pic.twitter.com/Og9t15wqMP
— Arlington Fire (@ACFDPIO) August 7, 2017
GW PARKWAY… pic.twitter.com/GkJfsxqhQU
— Jus4IKE (@EDISAAC72) August 2, 2017
Update at 4:35 p.m. — The northbound lanes of the parkway have reopened.
Earlier: Northbound lanes of the GW Parkway are blocked due to a multi-vehicle crash involving an overturned car.
The crash happened around 3:50 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Parkway near Reagan National Airport and left one car on its roof. According to scanner traffic, all occupants of the cars involved were able to get out without the assistance of rescuers.
A man and woman were reported to be injured in the crash. One was transported via ambulance to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital, while the other was taken to Virginia Hospital Center for treatment.
Northbound traffic is blocked and being diverted. One southbound lane is also blocked by the emergency response. The closures, coming during the evening rush hour, are causing significant traffic delays.
Arlington police and fire department units responded to the call, assisted by others from Alexandria and U.S. Park Police.
— WTOP Traffic (@WTOPtraffic) August 2, 2017
Traffic advisory: Motor vehicle crash with injuries NB George Washington Memorial Parkway at Reagan National Airport. NB lanes blocked.
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) August 2, 2017
Traffic Alert: Accident on GW PKY North is causing delays near airport. Please allow extra time.
— Reagan Airport (@Reagan_Airport) August 2, 2017
An SUV flipped on its side as a result of a two-vehicle crash on Wilson Blvd this morning.
The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Wilson and N. Rhodes Street, roughly between Rosslyn and Courthouse. The intersection is home to the Rhodeside Grill restaurant.
The road was blocked immediately following the crash, causing some traffic tie-ups.
No word yet on whether there were any injuries.
Photo No. 1 courtesy Guillermo Castillo, photo No. 2 courtesy @rickolivieri
A collision between two cars that left one on its side closed two lanes of Lee Highway near the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Rosslyn.
The crash happened around 4 p.m., near the intersection with N. Oak Street. A driver heading west on Lee Highway in a grey Audi collided with an Infiniti looking to turn right from N. Oak Street. The two collided, with the Infiniti left on its side.
Police closed the two outside lanes of Lee Highway, but left traffic through in the right-hand lane with an officer directing traffic.
Paramedics were dispatched for three reported injuries according to scanner traffic, none of them said to be life-threatening. Medics did not appear to require a stretcher, as it was removed with no one in it.
Just before 4:30 p.m., crews were preparing a winch to upright the stricken Infiniti. The Audi’s front was smashed in and it was still in the roadway.