Police ID car crash victims
3 P.M. UPDATEVirginia State Police have identified the three people who died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Stafford County Friday morning.
Authorities said a 2007 Dodge Caravan was traveling south on Interstate 95 when it struck the rear of a 2010 Chevrolet Impala in the left southbound lane. The impact forced the Impala off the road into a guardrail, while the Caravan ran off the left side of the road and overturned, striking a tree, police said.
Those killed were in the Caravan, police said: Melvin L. Miller, 73, of Stafford; his wife, Marilyn H. Miller, 70; and their daughter-in-law, Tina M. Miller, 47, of Stafford. The driver of the Impala was not injured, police said, adding that all of the people were wearing safety belts.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, authorities said, although they have determined that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
8:30 A.M. UPDATE:
-- The National Parks Service has closed eastbound Military Road between Oregon Avenue and 16th Street for emergency tree removal.
-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the left lane of inbound New York Avenue just before the National Arboretum, according to the Post's Michael Bolden. But he says despite that, traffic isn't so bad.
-- A disabled vehicle on I-495 North is blocking the left outside lane near the I-66 West exit.
-- I-495 North is still jammed up at the American Legion Bridge (on the Virginia side).
8:10 A.M. UPDATE:
-- I-495 North is backed up as you approach the American Legion Bridge (on the Virginia side).
-- The Virginia State Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred earlier this morning in Stafford County. The accident took place on I-95 South at mile marker 142, south of Quantico. Three people (from one of the two vehicles) are dead, according to the Virginia State Police. They were called to the scene at 6:17 a.m.
The right southbound lane is open to traffic, while the left and center lanes are blocked. They are still investigating the cause of the accident.
7:50 A.M. UPDATE:
-- The right lane of the Inner Loop has reopened on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge.
-- Ditto the right lane of the Inner Loop at Braddock Road, which was blocked for a while this morning due to a disabled vehicle.
-- I-66 East is still crawling at the Beltway, though that lane also appears to have reopened.
7:25 A.M. UPDATE:
-- Falls Road in Potomac has reopened between Montrose Road and Tuckerman Lane, according to Montgomery County's alert system.
-- The backups on I-66 East at the Beltway are very severe.
7:05 A.M. UPDATE:
-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the right lane of I-495/Inner Loop on the Maryland side of the American Legion Bridge.
-- An accident on I-66 East is blocking the right lane at the Beltway.
6:35 A.M. UPDATE:
-- Falls Road remains blocked in both directions. As the morning traffic starts to get heavier, backups will get worse, so avoid that area if you can.
-- Ditto the blocked right lane of I-495 North at Braddock Road. As traffic gets heavier, backups will get worse.
6:10 A.M. UPDATE:
-- Both issues are still ongoing. Falls Road is still blocked in both directions, and I-495 North's right lane is still blocked at the Braddock Road exit.
Good morning, commuters! Just one work day between you and the weekend. Keep your eyes here throughout the morning, and we will let you know how the traffic is looking on your morning commute. We will let you know about any problems so you can minimize the headaches (and help you ease into this lovely-looking weekend).
-- An accident in Potomac is blocking Falls Road in both directions between Montrose Road and Tuckerman Lane. Alternate routes: Drivers could head a bit east and brave I-270 traffic, or head west to Glen Mill Road or Piney Meetinghouse Road/shady Grove Road.
-- A disabled vehicle on I-495 North is blocking the right lane and right shoulder near the Braddock Road ramp.
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