Fender-bender leads to chain reaction crash, injuries in Loudoun
A crash involving six vehicles in Sterling Tuesday left three people injured and the eastbound lanes of Route 7 shut down for several hours while authorities sorted out the mess.
The incident started when two cars got into a fender bender near the Fairfax County line and stopped in the left lane of Route 7, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. As one might expect, traffic began to back up as cars moved slowly around the crash scene.
Well, most cars moved slowly around the scene.
At some point, authorities said, a 2003 Ford Expedition came upon the line of traffic and did not stop, plowing into a 2005 Jeep SUV.
That sent the Jeep into a 2006 BMW, which sent the BMW into a BMW SUV, which sent the BMW SUV into a Chevrolet Suburban.
Then, back at the scene of the first crash in the chain, a 2005 Nissan four-door plowed into the Expedition, driving it into the underside of the Jeep and causing the Jeep to catch fire.
Several passers-by helped pull the driver of the Jeep from her burning vehicle, and she was transported to Washington Hospital Center in stable condition. The drivers of the Nissan and the BMW were also taken to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released.
Police said the accident was a result of “insufficient following distance and distracted driving.” Traffic was diverted from the area for three hours, authorities said.
March 31, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
Categories: Loudoun , Matt Zapotosky , Traffic Accidents
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