A pickup truck mounted the sidewalk on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and crashed by the attractive masonry on its railing final night.
A pickup truck mounted the sidewalk on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and crashed via the ornamental masonry on its railing Wednesday evening.
In accordance to U.S. Park Law enforcement, the incident transpired just ahead of 8 p.m. on the inbound facet of the bridge that seems to be above the Mt. Vernon Path and the George Washington Parkway.
Inbound lanes of the bridge ended up closed for above an hour. All lanes reopened around 9:10 p.m. No injuries ended up reported.
The truck crashed into components of the balustrade, destroying sections of the bridge’s railing. Police say the passenger aspect of the car was intensely destroyed.
Hey Bob, here’s your truck around the NB GW Parkway on (off) the inbound Memorial Bridge. @WTOPtraffic @DildineWTOP pic.twitter.com/Sx64QshT73
— SilverSpringJoe (@SilverSpringJoe) September 7, 2022
Police could not verify the driver’s whereabouts or affliction. It is unknown what triggered the accident.
Later in the night, WTOP’s Dave Dildine surveyed problems and shared some the latest historical past about the bridge on his Twitter “bridge operate.”
Midnight bridge run starts where else … https://t.co/gz6Z3Lp5QC pic.twitter.com/8qlZ3vlzVf
— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) September 8, 2022
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein also frequented the bridge on Thursday early morning to perspective some of the injury by daylight.
Checking out the hurt to the stone railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge, following a truck crashed into it yesterday. We could master additional now about the timeline for repairs. A key renovation of the bridge was just completed in 2020. @WTOP @WTOPtraffic pic.twitter.com/YezwinvSGE
— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) September 8, 2022
It is the 2nd time in a 10 years that a crash has ruined this correct aspect of the Memorial Bridge. In 2013, an SUV crashed through the balustrade and landed in the Potomac River. The driver survived.
The gap in the railing remained lined with fencing and short-term barriers right until the rehabilitation task commenced numerous several years afterwards. A lot of of the granite balusters ended up taken to a stone garden in Higher Marlboro, Maryland, to be cleaned and fixed.
WTOP’s Joe Fox and Dave Dildine contributed to the report.
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