Truck crashes through decorative railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge

Truck crashes through decorative railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge

A pickup truck mounted the sidewalk on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and crashed by means of the ornamental masonry on its railing previous night.

Broken pieces of the railing landed just toes from the GWMP and Mount Vernon Trail.

WTOP / Dave Dildine

The internet site of Thursday’s crash was approximately the specific issue of impression for a February, 2013, crash in which an SUV bulldozed as a result of the balustrade and went into the river.

WTOP / Dave Dildine

The web page on Arlington Memorial Bridge exactly where a pickup truck mounted the sidewalk and crashed by means of the railing.

WTOP / Dave Dildine

Moments just after leaving Memorial Circle, the truck crossed the sidewalk and hit the stone railing. This morning, a bicycle fence and police tape is in place, until eventually much more lasting repairs begin.

WTOP / Neal Augenstein

Soon after currently being hit by a truck, weighty parts from the stone railing of the Arlington Memorial Bridge fell dozens of feet, landing on grass near a cycling path that runs along the Potomac River.

WTOP / Neal Augenstein

Injury to the stone railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge, soon after a truck crashed into it yesterday.

WTOP / Neal Augenstein

A pickup truck mounted the sidewalk on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and crashed by way of the ornamental masonry on its railing Wednesday night.

According to U.S. Park Law enforcement, the incident happened just before 8 p.m. on the inbound facet of the bridge that appears to be in excess of the Mt. Vernon Trail and the George Washington Parkway.

Inbound lanes of the bridge were closed for more than an hour. All lanes reopened close to 9:10 p.m. No injuries had been described.

The truck crashed into parts of the balustrade, destroying pieces of the bridge’s railing. Law enforcement say the passenger aspect of the car or truck was seriously weakened.

Police could not validate the driver’s whereabouts or condition. It is not known what induced the accident.

Later in the night, WTOP’s Dave Dildine surveyed problems and shared some latest heritage about the bridge on his Twitter “bridge run.”

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein also frequented the bridge on Thursday early morning to see some of the problems by daylight.

It is the 2nd time in a 10 years that a crash has broken this actual element of the Memorial Bridge. In 2013, an SUV crashed by the balustrade and landed in the Potomac River. The driver survived.

The hole in the railing remained included with fencing and short-term boundaries right up until the rehabilitation undertaking began numerous many years later. A lot of of the granite balusters have been taken to a stone property in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to be cleaned and repaired.

WTOP’s Joe Fox and Dave Dildine contributed to the report.

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