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High-speed chase involving young adults ends in crash

Posted on: Tuesday 3/11/2014 11:27am

WASHINGTON -- A police pursuit of a minivan filled with young adults ended with a serious crash that closed the Virginia I-95 ramp to Dale Boulevard for several hours Tuesday morning.

Ft. Belvoir police attempted to pull over a 2009 Toyota Sienna minivan for a possible DUI on the Fort Belvoir base at about 2 a.m., but the car with seven passengers in their teens and 20s fled from police, according to Sgt. C.W. Davis with Virginia State Police.

Police say the minivan was speeding at 100 mph on southbound I-95 when the driver attempted to take the exit ramp, but lost control. The minivan skidded off the left side of the ramp, struck a guardrail and overturned onto the left shoulder.

Four of the minivan's passengers were ejected. One passenger was in the middle of the road and another was in the woods, Davis says.

Emergency crews flew all of the seven occupants of the vehicle to nearby hospitals -- Inova Fairfax and MedStar Washington.

A 15-year-old passenger flown to Inova Fairfax is being treated for life- threatening injuries.

The other six are being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police closed the ramp following the crash and reopened it to traffic at about 7 a.m.

The female driver is believed to be in her early 20s, the passengers include a 23- year-old man, 21-year-old man, 17-year-old male and three 15-year-old females.

WTOP's Jamie Forzato contributed to this report. Follow @JamieForzato and @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

Southbound I-270 reopens after crash

Posted on: Monday 3/10/2014 8:07am

WASHINGTON -- All lanes of southbound Interstate 270 in Montgomery County have reopened after a crash caused delays for commuters Monday morning.

All lanes on southbound I-270 were blocked after Shady Grove Road, but before Md. 28 because of a crash that happened at about 5:50 a.m. All lanes reopened by 8:30 a.m.

Officials say that at least one person is injured.

Officials have not yet said what caused the crash.

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New flyover ramp connects 11th Street Bridge and SE-SW Freeway

Posted on: Thursday 3/6/2014 2:27pm

DDOT says crews will open a high-capacity flyover ramp that connects the 11th Street Bridge to the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway early Friday. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON -- After enduring years of painful morning delays along D.C. 295 and Interstate 295, a new connection for inbound drivers is expected to open at the 11th Street Bridge.

The District Department of Transportation says that construction crews will open a high-capacity flyover ramp that will connect the 11th Street Bridge to the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway early Friday.

On Thursday night, all access to the inbound main span of the 11th Street Bridge will be blocked to tie the new ramp into the westbound Southeast-Southwest Freeway. All lanes are expected to be open in their final configuration in time for the Friday morning rush hours.

The new ramp is expected to greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the recurring rush-hour delays that are the result of a temporary traffic pattern put into place to accommodate work on the $390 million bridge improvement project. The traffic pattern reduced from four to two the number of lanes able to cross over M Street SE, crimping the traffic flow.

Drivers had been using an old, structurally deficient flyover bridge to access to freeway. The old bridge connection will be closed permanently and scheduled for demolition after the new bridge opens to traffic.

Drivers destine for Capitol Hill and downtown areas will be able to use three of the four travel lanes on the 11th Street Bridge to access the Southeast-Southwest Freeway (I-695/I-395).

The new connection will further reduce delays resulting from vehicles weaving from lane to lane by splitting the right-center lane, allowing those drivers to either continue onto the freeway or take the ramp to M Street SE. A fourth lane will bear directly onto M Street SE.

In February, crews set the eastbound freeway into its final alignment by opening a brand new connection to outbound drivers.

Along with the inbound connection, both of these ramps will mark the first time all of the freeways linked by this pair of ramps will be able to travel at their full capacity.

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All lanes of Outer Loop reopen after multiple-vehicle crash

Posted on: Monday 2/24/2014 9:35am

WASHINGTON -- All lanes on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway have reopened in Prince George's County after a crash caused delays for Monday morning commuters.

A multiple-vehicle crash occurred on the Outer Loop at Md. 5/Branch Avenue (Exit 7) in Prince George's County at about 6:25 a.m. All lanes are open as of 10 a.m.

One of the vehicles involved was a propane truck.

Prince George's County Fire Department Public Information Officer Mark Brady says the crash trapped a woman in a vehicle. Emergency crews extricated the woman and transported her to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officials have not yet said what caused the crash.

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Mulit-vehicle crash closed I-95 in Stafford Co.

Posted on: Thursday 2/20/2014 1:37pm

UPDATE: Thursday - 2/20/2014, 1:58pm ET

WASHINGTON - All northbound lanes on Interstate 95 in Stafford County had reopened to traffic as of 2 p.m.

Drivers should expect residual delays.

The crash and lane closures caused a six-mile backup at one point and also diverted traffic onto U.S. Route 1, according to the WTOP Traffic Center.

The crash occurred after 11 a.m.

EARLIER: Thursday - 2/20/2014, 12:28pm ET

WASHINGTON -- The right lane of northbound I-95 north of Va. 610 in Garrisonville now gets by a crash involving a tractor-trailer and eight vehicles.

Susan Michlik, traffic information coordinator for the Virginia Megaprojects program, says emergency services are on the scene of the crash.

The WTOP Traffic Center recommends drivers find an alternate route.

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Police identify pedestrian struck and killed near Fort Belvoir

Posted on: Thursday 2/20/2014 12:25pm

WASHINGTON -- Police have identified the man struck and killed by a car on U.S. 1 near Backlick Road in Fairfax County early Thursday.

William Godfrey Jr, 68, of Alexandria, Va. died at the scene of the accident.

Fairfax County police say he was crossing the highway when a Honda Civic driven by a 58-year-old woman struck him around 5 a.m.

The driver was not hurt.

Police say it appears Godfrey had been drinking.

It does not appear that the driver was drinking or speeding, police say.

The investigation closed all lanes of northbound U.S. 1/Richmond Highway after Backlick Road/Fort Belvoir Tulley Gate during part of the morning commute. The lanes reopened but roads feeding into U.S. 1, including Beulah Road and Telegraph Road remained congested late into the morning commute.

ABC7 Photographer Brad Freitas tweeted this photo from the scene:

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Tractor-trailer crash cleared on Outer Loop

Posted on: Wednesday 2/19/2014 8:37am

WASHINGTON -- A crash involving a tractor-trailer has been cleared after it caused delays on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt Wednesday morning.

A tractor-trailer drove into the woods on the Outer Loop at MD-201 at about 2:45 a.m. The crash blocked the two right lanes of the Outer Loop and the exit ramp from northbound Kenilworth Avenue to the Outer Loop.

The Outer Loop lanes reopened at about 8:15 a.m. and the ramp from northbound Kenilworth Avenue reopened at about 8:40 a.m.

At one point, delays lasted more than 12 miles as a result of the crash.

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Flyover bridge unveiled in Southeast D.C.

Posted on: Friday 2/7/2014 8:59pm

A new on-ramp from 8th Street SE will allow traffic from the Barracks Row to merge onto the new bridge in the coming weeks. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON - A new flyover bridge on Interstate 695 was quietly unveiled by the District Department of Transportation on Friday in Southeast D.C.

The new bridge provides a smooth connection between the eastbound Southeast Freeway and the outbound span of the 11th Street Bridge.

The 11th Street Bridge Project, the District's largest road improvement project to date, is more than halfway complete. The new configuration sets the outbound side of the road in its final alignment on its approach toward the Anacostia River.

Additionally, a new on-ramp from 8th Street SE, pictured right, will allow traffic from the Barracks Row to merge onto the new bridge in the coming weeks.

Prior to Friday, eastbound drivers relied on a temporary traffic pattern, using a newly constructed inbound bridge. The inbound bridge is now closed. From the 11th Street Bridge, inbound drivers will continue to use an older flyover ramp to access the westbound Southeast Freeway.

DDOT hopes to have this ramp open within four to six weeks.

Chronic delays caused by the temporary traffic pattern have plagued morning commuters since the project began several years ago. By March, crews hope to have the freeway in its final alignment with a total of six lanes open to traffic.

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WTOP beefs up commuter news with new transit updates

Posted on: Wednesday 2/5/2014 5:19pm

WASHINGTON -- Washington's news, traffic, and weather authority, WTOP and, today announced the addition of hourly weekend Metro updates to serve area rail users and visitors.

The updates, which will include information on track work and delays for Metro, MARC, VRE and Amtrak, will air at four minutes past every hour weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is in addition to breaking transit information offered around the clock on WTOP as part of "traffic every ten minutes on the 8's."

"Weekends are a busy time for our listeners who use mass transit, and ironically, that's when the bulk of the track work takes place," says WTOP Traffic Director Jim Battagliese. "Our goal is to inform people with real-time rail updates as they're making weekend travel plans."

Metro is the second busiest transit system in the U.S., behind New York's subway system, averaging more than 700 thousand riders a day, and more than half a million weekend riders WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo says, "Metro riders deserve the same real-time information that D.C. area commuters have grown to depend on from the WTOP Traffic Center. This is the next step in our evolution as the region's traffic and transit information leader."

Rail riders can access minute-by-minute information by listening to 103.5 FM, by signing up for special text and email alerts on, and by following @WTOPtraffic on Twitter.

About WTOP WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been Washington's all-news radio station since 1969. WTOP is the most widely listened-to radio station in the nation's capital. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM in the metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM to the South and West and worldwide at WTOP and its sister station Federal News Radio are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio, LLC.

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Chinese New Year parade street closures

Posted on: Sunday 2/2/2014 11:23am

WASHINGTON - Happy Chinese New Year! But not so happy if you're trying to get around before the Super Bowl.

The Metropolitan Police Department has a press release detailing the parade's route, duration and information on street closures.

Read the whole press release here.

The parade will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The following roadways will be closed to traffic:

  • (Start) 600 block of Eye Street, NW

  • West on Eye Street, NW

  • South on 8th Street, NW

  • East on G Street, NW

  • North on 7th Street, NW to H Street, NW

  • Pedestrians in parade will travel east on H Street, NW

  • Floats and vehicles in parade will travel north on 7th Street, NW and east onto Eye Street, NW and disband.
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