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A morning of misery on the roads and rails

Good morning, Washington. You would think anything would be better than yesterday, from the traffic signal adjustment that backed up traffic on inbound New York Avenue to the loss load of lumber that shut down traffic on the outer loop of the Beltway during the Thursday evening commute. However, things this morning are bad all over.

The problems began when the northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway was closed due to a reported fatal accident at Route 198 in Maryland. Traffic was being diverted to Route 197, but delays abound throughout the area, and southbound traffic, already slow at this time of morning, has been furthered hampered by rubbernecking delays.

Other accidents have been reported on Interstate 66 eastbound at Route 123 in Virginia and Route 197 NB at U.S. 50 in Maryland. Trafficland reports there is a disabled bus on Shady Grove Road WB at I-370 and yet another disabled bus on the inbound Key Bridge.

With freezing temperatures in the region, motorists should be alert for ice on the roadways, too.

Metro riders aren't immune, either. A fire reported under a train at Rockville Station on the Red Line is causing delays on the subway system. Passengers were safely evacuated, a Metro official said. Trains were single tracking, but Metro reports service is returning to normal, although residual delays continue.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 11, 2009; 7:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Metro delays  
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