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.
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