Bridge Shut Down After Multi-Vehicle Collision and Fire
One person was killed and four injured in a flaming multi-car collision on Woodrow Wilson Bridge connecting Maryland and Washington, D.C., on June 20.
Maryland State Police responded shortly before 11 a.m. to reports of a multi-car collision in the northbound lanes of I-95/495 crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. [eet_social_embed]
— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) June 20, 2018
According to a Maryland State Police press release, the driver of a northbound tractor-trailer lost control and slammed into a crash-attenuator truck and pushed it into a boom truck.
The tractor-trailer and boom truck immediately caught fire. The fire spread to a highway worker’s private car that was parked nearby.
The press release said that a highway repair crew was examining the bridge. Three workers were in the elevated bucket of the boom truck, with a fourth inside the truck operating the boom. [eet_social_embed]
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 20, 2018
The three workers in the lift basket were lowered to a Prince George’s County Police Department boat that was waiting under the bridge. Those three, along with the book operator, were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. None of their injuries were initially deemed to be life-threatening.
The tractor-trailer driver was found dead in his truck.
DC area friends – avoid the Wilson Bridge pic.twitter.com/yeyZtVyWUC
— Coach Gator (@TheCoachGator) June 20, 2018
The Maryland Department of Transportation closed the bridge to let the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department fight the fire while the Maryland State Police investigated the crash.
Virginia State Police, Metropolitan Police Department, Prince George’s County Police, MD Natural Resources Police, and the MD Department of the Environment all responded and helped manage to the scene.
Southbound lanes across the bridge were opened around noon. Officials said they hoped to have the northbound lanes opened by 5 p.m.[eet_social_embed]
@MDSP on scene of I-95/495 crash estimate NB main lanes of interstate over Woodrow Wilson Bridge should be reopened within four hours. Crash investigation and cleanup are continuing. All southbound and NB local lanes are open.
— MD State Police (@MDSP) June 20, 2018
The Maryland State Police Crash Team is continuing its investigation.