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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Traffic delays on 395 after crash

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

6:40 p:m. Update: A U.S. Park Police motorcycle officer was injured Wednesday morning in a traffic accident on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway near Seventh Street SW, authorities said.

A helicopter airlifted the man to a local hospital, where he was treated for "pretty substantial injuries," said Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokeman. The officer "is pretty banged up" with arm and leg injuries, but is not in danger of dying," he said.

The accident and the ensuring investigation tied up traffic on Interstate 395 and surrounding streets for much of the afternoon, as police diverted vehicles from the highway.

By Wednesday evening, conditions had improved, although traffic on some segments of 395 was traveling at 15 mph or less.

-- Staff reports

Were you stuck in the congestion? Post a comment below about your experience?

5:53 p.m. Update: Traffic is only marginally better, with congestion still plaguing drivers on 395. Some segments are reported to be moving as slow as 6 mph.

4:55 p.m. Update: Traffic on 395 continues to be congested, with additional delays outbound and inbound on the 14th Street Bridge. Traffic data indicates cars are operating at less than 10 mph on parts of the highway.

2:40 p.m. Update: I-395 has reopened, but traffic on 395 is still congested all the way to Army-Navy Drive in Virginia.

2:03 p.m. Update: The traffic congestion is continuing. Have you been stuck in this? Post a comment below about your travel times.

1:40 p.m. Update: Delays are now reported as being as much as an hour.

12:57 p.m. Update: The officer "is pretty banged up" with arm and leg injuries, but is not in danger of dying," according to Sgt. David Schlosser, Park Police spokesman.

12:20 p.m. Update: Here is the latest from DDOT:

All eastbound lanes of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway are currently closed near 7th Street, SW due to a police investigation of an earlier crash. Police have also blocked access to the northbound 14th Street Bridge on the Virginia side.

Motorists are strongly advised to use alternate routes and river crossings.

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12:05 p.m. Update: There are widespread diversions along the freeway corridor with delays reported of up to 40 minutes. Avoid the area if you can.

11:45 a.m. Update: The male motorcycle officer suffered "pretty substantial injuries," although they apparently are not life-threatening, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokeman.

11:37 a.m. Update: DDOT reports that police have closed the northbound 14th Street Bridge again.

11:30 a.m. Update: DDOT says that the eastbound Southeast/Southwest Freeway remains closed at Seventh Street SW. Delays are expected to extend into Virginia while the investigation into the crash continues.

11:25 p.m. Update: Traffic on the 14th Street Bridge northbound is heavy but flowing steadily.

11:10 a.m. Update: A U.S. Park Police motorcycle officer was injured Wednesday morning in a traffic accident on the Southwest Freeway near Seventh Street SW, authorities said. The officer's condition was not immediately clear, but a helicopter had been summoned to airlift him to a hospital. A U.S. Park Police spokesman said more details would be forthcoming shortly.

-- Paul Duggan

11:05 a.m. Update: D.C. officials say all northbound lanes of 395 are closed. Three southbound lanes are closed.

11 a.m. Update: A traffic accident involving a motorcyclist is causing traffic delays on eastbound Interstate 395 near Seventh Street SW. According to D.C. Fire/EMS officials, a medevac helicopter is on the scene.

Cameras show traffic is at a standstill. The District Department of Transportation says the northbound 14th Street Bridge is closed; Traffic is being diverted to the Memorial Bridge, DDOT says.

9:05 A.M. UPDATE:

I-66 East is still very backed up at the Beltway.

An accident on the inner loop at Gallows Road is still blocking the shoulder and could cause some delays.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Garden City Drive is still blocking one of the westbound right off-ramps.

Baltimore's I-695/inner loop has completely reopened after all lanes were closed earlier this morning. However, commuters can expect big, big backups on both loops.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop at Gallows Road is blocking the shoulder and could cause some delays.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Garden City Drive is still blocking one of the westbound right off-ramps.

Baltimore's I-695/inner loop has completely reopened, but there are still going to be big, big backups on both loops.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

I-66 East is still snarled approaching the Beltway, so expect big, big delays right now.

Around Baltimore, the inner loop of I-695 is still blocked near Security Boulevard. Commuters should use I-95 North through the tunnel or I-83, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

All lanes of Baltimore's inner loop/I-695 after the exit for Security Boulevard are blocked by an accident, so expect a traffic nightmare if you're in that area.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Garden City Drive is blocking one of the westbound right off-ramps.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway is blocking the right off-ramp at Georgia Avenue.

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at New Hampshire Avenue has been cleared.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

There's an accident on I-395 North around Seminary Road that could cause problems. Expect delays in that area.

There are still big delays on I-66 East at the Beltway and I-95 North (in Woodbridge and before the Springfield Interchange).

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at New Hampshire Avenue could snarl traffic near that exit.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway has been cleared. However, I-66 East is pretty jammed up approaching the Beltway.

I-95 North is still slow in Woodbridge and approaching the Springfield Interchange.

6:55 A.M. UPDATE:

The inner loop of the Beltway is very backed up at Gallows Road.

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

The disabled vehicle on I-66 East is now just blocking the right shoulder at the Beltway. the right lane has reopened.

I-95 North is pretty jammed up in Woodbridge and again approaching the Springfield Interchange.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Leesburg Pike exit has been cleared up.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Pennsy Drive has been cleared up.

There is also an accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Garden City Drive.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

There's a disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway, and it's blocking the eastbound right lane.

An accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Pennsy Drive, just west of the Beltway, is blocking the right off-ramp exiting U.S. 50.

The disabled vehicle on I-95 South at the Springfield Interchange has been cleared up.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. The day starts out briskly before temperatures approach the 60s. We'll be keeping tabs on the morning commute, so keep checking back with us for updates on what's going on as you hit the roads, rails and sidewalks. Make sure to let us know what you see, either in the comments below or on Twitter (@DrGridlock).

There's a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Leesburg Pike exit. It's blocking the north right shoulder right now.

There's also a disabled vehicle on I-95 South at the Springfield Interchange, blocking the southbound right shoulder.

By Mark Berman  | March 2, 2011; 10:55 AM ET
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Comments

I saw all the police officers around the accident scene as I went by. What I did not see was anyone helping move diverted traffic on side streets. Why don't the police help move traffic along 14th Street, Independence Ave, etc. when this happens? Why isn't there a plan to help in this situation? Plenty of streets were blocked by police cycles and cones but the police just stood idly by as traffic backed up for miles. Very poor planning IMO.

Posted by: mw2108 | March 3, 2011 4:22 AM | Report abuse

The "FORMER" SW/SE Freeway was renamed the Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial Parkway, some time ago. Let's get the signs changed and call the highway by its NEW name. Just as with the "FORMER" South Capitol Street Bridge which long ago was renamed the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Maybe when the public hears the media call these by their proper names the new names will catch on. Thank you.

Posted by: prettythewoman | March 3, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

The "FORMER" SW/SE Freeway was renamed the Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial Parkway, some time ago. Let's get the signs changed and call the highway by its NEW name. Just as with the "FORMER" South Capitol Street Bridge which long ago was renamed the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Maybe when the public hears the media call these by their proper names the new names will catch on. Thank you.

Posted by: prettythewoman | March 3, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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