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Tractor-trailer derails Ct. Ave

UPDATE 7:05p.m.: Connecticut Avenue is clear, and downtown is moving without difficulties.

A tractor-trailer that had nosed across Connecticut to back into Jefferson Place, a small street between M and N streets, in order to make deliveries to an alley, appears to have been hit by a taxi attempting to beat a light.

"I was backing up, I had guys working as my spotters, and the [taxi driver] ran a red light and hit me--went right under me," said driver Jeff Stevens.

The taxi was soon dislodged and the truck backed up into Jefferson, but by then, cars parked on the minor side street were blocked by the truck while police investigated, and the alley it had intended to pivot in was inaccessible.

Navigating the 18-wheeler--in reverse--through alternate alleys to turn around and leave the scene proved difficult, leaving would-be drivers of the cars parked along the street stranded.

"I can't get an angle," Stevens said.


Original post: A tractor-trailer collided with a taxi cab on a narrow, convoluted swath of streets downtown, likely complicating tonight's commute down Connecticut, police said.

A traffic camera stationed at K and 17th streets NW shows a tractor trailer blocking all lanes of traffic on Connecticut, with cars slowly making detours.

Emergency vehicles have responded, further crowding the downtown area with oversized vehicles and paralyzing traffic.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 13, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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1. "derails"?

2. Cities need to start banning 18-wheelers. I understand that the taxi was at fault here, but the truck still would have been blocking someone. They are not suited for use on city streets and are always causing damage and traffic problems. Maybe in exchange for the EU bailout we can get some European delivery trucks.

Posted by: jiji1 | May 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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