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Posted at 7:05 PM ET, 01/ 8/2011

52 vehicles crash on Interstate 95

By Martin Weil

This story has been corrected; it originally said 56 vehicles were involved in the crash.

Ten people were injured on Interstate 95 Saturday morning in a 52-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 Saturday morning that was blamed on slick, snow covered lanes.

Virginia state police said the episode in the southbound lanes began shortly after 8 a.m. at mile marker 156 near Potomac Mills when a truck slid into the rear of a tractor trailer.

"The first crash sparked a chain-reaction crash as a result of the slick, snow-covered lanes," said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

She said all southbound lanes were reopened by 10:30 a.m.

By Martin Weil  | January 8, 2011; 7:05 PM ET
 
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Where was VDOT? No sign that the road had been treated.

Posted by: ChrisN2 | January 8, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

ChrisN2 - I can answer your question: Our idiot Gov doesn't believe in government any more than the rest of the Republicans do. No bribes, aka campaign contributions, or national media attention come from governing or caring about your state citizens.

Posted by: capone1 | January 8, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

@capone - couldnt have said it better myself lol.

Posted by: keirreva | January 8, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Driving today was a nightmare - not because of weather conditions, but because of inattentive / careless / negligent drivers. There was some unbelievable stupidity on the roads today, especially in PG County, but also in AA Co. Some was from lane drifting before checking for a safe lane change, but the most egregious was a 3-lane change attempt that forced me into the median just north of MD450 - luckily I had ABS and stability / traction control, or it would have ended badly for numerous innocent drivers. The unsafe lane changer sped forward seemingly uncaring. The MSP needs to get off their speed trap mentality and actually patrol the roads. Maybe that way they will catch the dangerous drivers.

Posted by: maus92 | January 8, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

maus91, I've come to the conclusion that most of the drivers like that are either high or drunk. There are many bad drivers in the D.C. area, however. A lot of it is obvious that many people have a very strange view of the world they live in (me first, even if it means causing mayhem).

Posted by: shred11 | January 9, 2011 2:46 AM | Report abuse

The pile up was due to negligent or inattentive drivers. I am sure that most of those people were tailgaiting and didn't have enough time to avoid the car in front of them.

Posted by: jab00 | January 9, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Not to be a whiner but I find the total lack of information to be curious in a free society. It kinda resembles 911 in that the press is left to speculate whether a plane accidently hit a building and what seems random here may be occurring around the nation. I'm just surprised Fatherland Security has not taken the lead to take control from the bobble heads at Fox entertainment or Chicken Noodle News (CNN).

Posted by: WmLaney | January 8, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Could be true, who knows?

Is this how you address everything, by assuming that some one has to be blamed for something?

Not saying that you are wrong, I don't know for sure, but neither do you.

You must be one of them "glass half empty" persons

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 9, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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