Heads Up if Your Commute Takes You on North Captiol Street also Street Closures in Chinatown due to Accident

Image via MPD

From @DCPoliceDept:

“Emergency Water main break repair NB on N. Capitol St NE at Quincy Pl./Delays begin at K St NE.”


Update: @wolfpackwx tweets us the photo above:

“Here is why H St. NW is closed right now. Looks pretty bad. Newspaper bins scattered with signs down too @PoPville”

@dcfireems tweets:

“Pedestrian Struck – 400blk of H St. NW – 3 Pts. 1 Critical & 2 Serious/Non-life threatening injuries transported to hospital. #dctraffic”

Also heads up in Chinatown – many Street Closures:

Accident w/injuries at 400 Mass Ave NW MPD & FEMS on scene Street Closures are: 400 – 500 blk. of H St 800 blk. of 4th St Cont.

* 4th St at H St – Both ways Seek an alternate route(s).

Accident Activity Update at 400 blk. of Massachusetts Ave NW Major crash on scene. ROP responding to assist. Metro bus notified.”

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  • niceflipflop

    I appreciate MPD trying to disseminate info…but who is actually helped by a grainy image with hand drawn callouts around a yellow blur? The person standing directly under this camera? Wouldn’t an annotated map be more useful?

  • Oh yeah, I drove by 4th and Mass and there were about 15 cops there. Anyone know what happened?

  • 4th and Mass is such a terrible intersection whether you’re driving, walking, or biking. DDOT needs to figure something out. People have already gotten killed there and it seems someone else was at least badly injured today. There are only going to be more people traveling through there once buildings are constructed on top of 395.

    • Although I agree, the construction has created a total mess at the Mass Ave intersections and it’s only time before there’s a serious accident, this was not located near the chaos. There was no construction related signs or traffic changes that would have affected the accident, it appears to be speed related.

      • I’m not blaming the construction for this accident or the other fatal one in summer 2013 (before this construction started), though it does look from the update photo like the flipping car took out a construction-related temporary sign. Just saying that when people start living and working on top of the highway, there will be even more car/bike/ped traffic at 4th and Mass. The intersection needs something to make it safer. Signal timing is an issue. Sight lines, speeding, enforcement of traffic laws, all are too.

        • This was on H Street, not Mass Ave. It’s not even on a block that has anything to do with the construction on Mass Ave at the 395 on ramp.

  • Oh man, what a mess N Cap is! By the time I was close to it everything was a mess. I routed around N Cap, but it was still awful. My 25 minute commute took just over an hour. Avoid!

  • We have complained multiple times about the intersection there.

    Horrible tragedy today.

  • 400 block of H still closed at 8:10pm, as is the short block of 4th between Mass and H. The vehicle is still up on the sidewalk (directly across from the CVS entrance) and several investigators are working the scene. I have a pretty good view from above and can’t quite puzzle out what happened, but it took out a parking payment kiosk and several newspaper boxes, so it seems some serious speed and intense forces were involved…

    • Word is the driver swerved to try to miss a jaywalker and rolled. That intersection – 4th and H (though all of them in that cluster are bad) – has an irregular light pattern to handle all the various traffic flows. It’s a super dangerous place to cross without a walk signal because it’s hard to tell who has the right of way. I regularly see people cross H St headed north against the light when H St eastbound traffic is stopped, but westbound still has a green. Traffic southbound on 4th gets a green right turn arrow, too, which adds to the confusion. As a pedestrian and a driver at that intersection, it’s a screaming mess for everyone, and the best way for everyone to stay safe is to obey speed limits and walk signals.
      TL;DR: That intersection is a mess, and peded

      • Sigh. That is to say:
        TL;DR: That intersection is a mess, and pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, etc., should make a point of being extra-vigilant there – the rules really are for everyone’s safety.

      • Terrible accident and very tragic for all involved. This was well before the light, people do tend to jaywalk on this part of H street because it is not that busy and easy to cross. I am definitely guilty of that. A sad lesson learned.

      • Swerving to miss a jaywalker would not result in the damages like this. High speed was likely the result of an electronic malfunction in the throttle control system. These bizarre crashes usually make the vehicles look like TANKS mowing down all obstacles in their path. See my other comments.

    • High speed could indicate an electronic unintended acceleration incident. Pedestrians have been killed in such instances. Light braking usually initiates the event. This is true especially for all electronic throttle control systems since roughly 2002 which experience glitches related to either software or sudden voltage changes. Deadly force results from low-gear torque. See Dr. Antony Anderson’s publications for an explanation. No speed or low speed can change to full throttle and an unstoppable & uncontrollable vehicle. Many take out poles and hit multiple cars & buildings before stopping!

      Charlene McCarthy Blake

  • Still closed at 10.10pm.. Looks like it’s been cleaned up but the windows on the bus are pretty salty so hard to say. Lots of news trucks.

  • Jeep vehicles are WELL-KNOWN in terms of sudden unintended acceleration. Ask ANY car wash business. As a matter of fact, the Car Wash Association has a formal LIST of most likely vehicles to do this. Jeeps often TAKE OFF while inside these car washes. Carol lives on a lake and the humid conditions may well be connected.

    There’s a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    • The car wasn’t a jeep …

    • Ralph, is that you?

    • Wowza, you are really serious about this. First of all, the wrecked vehicle is a Nissan Xterra, not a Jeep. Second, swerving to miss a pedestrian can definitely cause a rollover in a top-heavy SUV, which is why some older jeeps and SUV’s have labels warning you of a high rollover risk. They can roll even easier if you swerve and hit the curb or something else to initiate the roll. {So I’m guessing speed and probably a jaywalker had something to do with this} Third, even if “SUA” was a real thing, nothing stops your brakes from working because the pedal is physically connected to the master cylinder and hydraulic system. So if somehow Satan has taken control of your car and revs the engine through the roof, you can still brake and slow the car down significantly. Or just throw it in neutral. Boom, car stops accelerating.
      —People need to learn how their car works and what to do if things don’t work correctly for some reason. Stop blaming the automaker and crying about conspiracies when you can learn how to avoid the tragedy in the first place.

      • Nissan XTerras actually had rollover issues the first few years they were made. Not sure what year this one is, but my brother had one and I recall my parents being very concerned after the reports of rollover accidents. Hit a curb in one trying to miss a pedestrian and I have no doubt that that thing would flip over.

  • I had to go looking to find the very brief WaPo coverage, which states the vehicle jumped the curb – it’s unclear whether swerving to avoid a jaywalker was involved, as the report is far from:
    “According to GAO security, a vehicle was headed west when it jumped the curb, hit a low retaining wall and a light pole, and struck the pedestrians…”

    • Thanks for the link. More info is coming out. Fox reported “Police say the driver was heading down H Street towards 5th Street at a high rate of speed when the SUV rolled across the street and stopped outside of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.”

      I bet ice didn’t help. I’ve had my car slide twice because of a solid ice covering edges of Connecticut.


      • Maybe the traffic patterns are different now but how do you head west on that block from 4th to 5th at a high rate of speed. Isn’t the only way to get on that block to turn off 4th from north or southbound?

        • Unless, of course, the driver wasn’t following any of the rules of the road.

          • I guess to be clear, what I was saying was that H Street east of 4th is one way the opposite direction, which implies the drive turned onto that block off 4th. I was only noting that it is impressive if the driver was actually able to obtain a high rate of speed that quickly after turning. This didn’t look very far from the corner. I suppose if the driver was speeding as he was turning and hit ice or swerved quickly for some reason, he could lose control.

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