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Traffic Alert: 15th & I sts NW Closed due to Bus Accident

UPDATE: A Metro bus number 36 traveling to Friendship Heights was in a collision with a truck at 15th and I Northwest at about 1:27 pm today. Four of the 15 passengers on the bus reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals, according to Steven Taubenkibel, Metro spokesperson. An investigation is underway, with no known charges at this time, he said.

Original Post:

District officials have shut down 15th & I sts NW due to a WMATA bus crash. Drivers are advised to avoid the area as the Metro police investigation is still ongoing.

Both a truck and a WMATA bus were involved in the accident. It appears that the two vehicles collided as they were making a left hand turn from 15th st onto I st. The WMATA bus was traveling on the 36 route to Friendship Heights.

We are checking on official WMATA statements about the incident.





Photo Credit: Michael Bolden - Washington Post

This post has been updated.

By editors  |  December 10, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
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I wouldn't be surprised if the bus passengers were injured by falling out of their seats when the bus was struck and/or the driver slammed the brakes on when the collision occurred.

I always find it funny that we are so vigilant about wearing seat belts in our cars, but nobody thinks twice about the dangers of NOT wearing them on a bus.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 10, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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