Archive for the Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents Category

Old Soldiers’ Home Repairing Fence

Posted in Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by Kent

Old Soldiers' Home fence repairOne day shy of a year, the fence is being repaired at the Old Soldiers’ Home along Rock Creek Church Rd.

On the evening of July 4th, 2008, a SUV lost control and hit the fence. Until now, it’s been nothing but a pile of scattered brick and bent ironwork.

Old Soldiers' Home Fence repairI noticed the iron fencing is gone. I presume it is being straightened and restored for installation.

But, the stone and brickwork is currently being restored. In talking with the guys from P and P, they had to rebuild everything because the mortor was no longer holding.

From what I saw of their work, it is very good and historically accurate.

I thought it was also a good sign to see P and P doing the work. They have a good reputation in town and generally do good work from what I’ve seen and heard.P and P

Person Struck by Train at Forest Glen Station, Metro Reports

Posted in Metro, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , on June 29, 2009 by Kent

U Street Metro StationAccording to a Metro Alert, Metro officials and emergency personnel are responding to the Forest Glen Metrorail station on the Red Line, where a person reportedly has been struck by an eight-car train headed in the direction of Shady Grove Metrorail station. The incident took place at 4:10 p.m.

Trains are single-tracking, or taking turns sharing one track between the Forest Glen and Silver Spring Metrorail stations.

Red Line Riders can expect significant delays along the line, especially in the area of the incident. Delays are expected to be 30 minutes or more.

Fenty: 4 Killed in Deadliest Crash in Metro History; Rescues Still Underway|ABC 7 News

Posted in Metro, Uncategorized, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , on June 22, 2009 by Kent

Fenty: 4 Killed in Deadliest Crash in Metro History; Rescues Still Underway|ABC 7 News

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In additions to the link above, the Washington Post has the following:

Two Red Line Metrorail trains collided this evening between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations, killing at least four people and injuring scores of passengers in what authorities called the transit system’s deadliest crash ever. The trains struck with such force that part of one vaulted on top of the other. Read the entire article, including maps and images, here>>

Speed Factor in Traffic Fatality Monday

Posted in Dupont Circle, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , , on May 26, 2009 by Kent

Crash Dupont CircleAccording to the WUSA9 report on the traffic accident that occurred 3:20 a.m. yesterday morning, a chief factor that may have lead to the death of the driver was the high rate of speed with which the vehicle was traveling. There is also the possibility that the vehicle was stolen.

The driver was apparently attempting to maneuver around a slower-moving vehicle, when he lost control and struck a Pepco pole and a tree in the 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue.

The death of the driver surely helped bring this story to the fore, but this is not a unique or isolated incident. Car thefts are still far more frequent in the City than anyone wants. The result of these joyriding teens ranges from inconvenience, to damaged property, to death as in the case reported here.

I’m sure MPD is just as frustrated as I am with the mix of speed, theft, inexperience, and automobiles. Its costing the city and residents a fortune to police the streets and repair property damage. I’d like to be able to get on a high horse and tell the police how to address this problem, but I can’t think of anything more they can do outside of men and equipment they aren’t going to get in this financial climate.

Rock Creek Church Rd Traffic Getting Attention

Posted in City Services, Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Kent

Accident Rock Creek Church RdI learned today that MPD will be taking enforcement action along Rock Creek Church Road, NW, over the next few weeks.  DDOT is also looking into more long term solutions per direction from the Mayor. Action may include a police cruiser or a speed camera set-up.

As anyone that lives along Rock Creek Church Road can tell you, vehicles frequently travel well over the speed limit and this has caused several accidents due to blind corners and sharp curves. The area between the intersections of 5th Street, NW and Illinois Street are particularly bad.

The light at 5th Street does anything but calm traffic, as yellow means step on it. In fact, I watch people run the light on a daily basis, one driver going so far as to merely lay on the horn to let people know he was coming through.

I’m hopeful that this will lead to some long term results rather than just be a temporary patch to calm neighbors’ outrage.

Accident at Rock Creek Church Rd & 5th Street, NW

Posted in Automobiles, Park View, Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on May 9, 2009 by Kent

There was another accident yesterday at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd and 5th Street. It happened about 8:40 a.m. and occurred between two vehicles — one driving through the intersection and one attempting to make a left turn. The car making a left turn was able to drive away after the collision, but the other car wasn’t so lucky.

Vehicular Tree Slaughter in Grant Circle

Posted in Automobiles, Grant Circle, Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on April 29, 2009 by Kent

This weekend, I came across a crime scene in Grant Circle — a vehicular tree slaughter.  One of the young trees was cut down in its prime by yet another speeding driver who drove through, instead of around, Grant Circle.Where are reflectors, rumble strips, speed humps, or at least working park lights — to slow drivers down and alert them that Grant Circle is ahead?  Do we really need to graduate from vehicular tree slaughter to vehicular manslaughter before we get slowing on New Hampshire Avenue?  (Writen by and courtesy of Wayan Vota: Belly Button Window

This Date in History

Posted in April, Street Cars, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on April 28, 2009 by Kent

April 28, 1908: Three persons were slightly injured about 8:20 o’clock in the evening when car 42 of the Capital Traction Company hit an automobile and knocked it over an embankment at Fourteenth and Varnum streets. The automobile was driven by Miss Dona McCracken, of 1341 Fourteenth street northwest, who was accompanied by Mrs. F.S. Pollard, of 1331 Fourteenth street northwest, and Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, of 941 New York avenue

Another Vehicle Damaged Off of Rock Creek Church Rd

Posted in Crime, Park View, Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on April 25, 2009 by Kent

Accident in front of 3674There are many ways to get the weekend off to a good start. This isn’t one of them.

Last night, about 9 or 9:30 (I wasn’t looking at my watch, but things weren’t cleaned up until 11:15 or so), two cars were playing Grand Theft Auto in the Petworth/Park View area. The lead car was followed by a jeep.

Collision detail 1What initially alerted us that something was up were squeeling tires down the street. I don’t know when this started or where, but I do know the final leg of the journey.

The jeep, chasing the car, tore west on Quincy to Warder. The vehicles then went south on Warder (remember, this street is a one way north street), to racing east on Rock Creek Church. Upon getting to the intersection of Park Place, the car veered right and hauled it down the block, then ran the stop sign and continued down Park Place. Continue reading

Bad Day for Rail in the City

Posted in Trains, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents on April 22, 2009 by Kent

overturned-locomotive-at-benning-yardAccording to the Post, two CSX Corp. locomotives overturned about 11:15 a.m. yesterday near the 200 block of 33rd Street SE, near Anacostia Park. Hazmat crews were containing less than 100 gallons of fuel and lubricant that spilled from the locomotives. CSX will lead the cleanup effort after the chemicals are fully contained. There was no perceived danger to the community.