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Car Flips in Logan Circle around 10:15am Sunday Morning

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2014 at 10:41 am 43 Comments

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Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed just after 10:15am. A reader emails the photo above and writes:

“1 vehicle flipped, 1 in tree. 3 cop cars, 1 fire, 1 ambulance.”

[email protected] tweets us:

“crazy accident in Logan Circle. Woman was driving up Vermont the wrong way, hit a parked car and flipped.”

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@rkendr3 tweets us:

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  • Anonymous

    In Grand Theft Auto that wouldn’t be a big deal.

  • pwedz

    too much turn up at brunch ??

    • Anon

      LOL

  • Anon

    It looks to me like the car was traveling south toward the circle and hit the blue car. If so, the driver must have drastically over-corrected and flipped, but I’m curious about something.

    Would someone better versed in physics (or car racing) please tell me how fast a normal passenger car has to be going to flip like that? Every time I hear about this happening I have an image of someone going 50-60mph, but maybe that’s way off.

    • Anonymous

      It’s possible to flip a car at much slower speeds (~30 mph) – just need the perfect confluence of events.

    • annonny

      Or maybe even faster? I have no idea how to answer your question, but it seems like driving 50 mph would still be too slow to flip your car unless you jerked the wheel completely to one side AND hit the gas instead of the brakes. Thankfully this happened on a Sunday morning when not much other traffic or pedestrians were around.

    • DC

      You can flip a car at a relatively slow speed once you lose control or you have Maryland tags.

      • Anonymous

        “Maryland tags” LOVE IT

      • soulshadow55

        LOL!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        hahahaha.

      • Adrian

        perfect

      • Rich

        For sheer recklessness and stupidity, Virginia tags almost always win.

        • Anonymous

          but thats just because of the politics of the commonwealth. md drivers are worse

        • Anonymous

          Agree 100%. Maryland drivers tend to be reckless, whereas Virginia drivers just do inexplicable dumb things.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. And DC drivers win for being the most inconsiderate and self-important. Put them all together, and you get the shit show we have today.

      • Anon

        Bonus points for answering my question AND making me smile this morning.

      • Anonymous

        The funny part is that the car has DC tags.

  • Nil

    I witnessed it this morning. I was less than 50 ft away, walking towards the intersection where it occurred. The car was speeding north up vermont ave towards Logan Circle (which is a one way southward at that point, so she was driving the wrong way on a one way.) Then the car hit a dark blue parked car on the west side of vermont HARD and went airborne and flipped. But she ( the driver) survived and no one else was involved. It was shocking, but then I still made it to brunch as planned.

    • Wobble

      As the infamous Governor of Georgia, Lester Maddox, said so many years ago — “God looks after fools and drunkards” — probably both in this case.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a bummer way to start a Sunday Funday

    • Alan

      Looks more like the end of Sunday Funday to me

  • Anonymous

    “1 in tree”?

    • another anon

      I assume that’s a reference to the dark-colored vehicle that has crashed (not flown) into the tree on the right side of the top photo.

  • blue car owner

    Owner of the blue car here… pretty crappy end to our Sunday. But, just want to say thank you to PoP for posting and to everyone who stopped to share info with us! Still trying to figure out how this happened…

    • Anonymous

      i’m so sorry. that really sucks.

    • Anonymous

      yeah that really does suck. hopefully that idiot of a driver has insurance.

      • Anon

        Not to go too off topic here, but I read somewhere that an alarming percentage of DC-MD-VA drivers don’t have insurance (something like 30%). So take a hard look at your un/under-insured motorist coverage, folks.

        • Anon

          Just read another state-by-state comparison that says around 15%. Still too high, but I could have sworn that someone (AAA maybe) said that in the immediate DC metro area it’s more like 30%.

    • Anonymous

      Jeez. I’m assuming the driver did not flee the scene. Was she completely wasted? I can’t think of any other way this could happen unless she was elderly and practically blind- both cases mean she should not be driving.

  • Anonymous

    this happened right in front of my house, but didnt hear anything since I live in the basement on the alley side. i really hope the operator of that car never drives again. it takes a lot of stupidity to drive the wrong way on bit of road.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, it can be easy to drive the wrong way down a one-way in a neighborhood you don’t know, especially when it’s not signed well (don’t know about this block, but that is certainly true of some one-ways in my neighborhood). It’s not easy to drive so fast you flip your friggin car over.

      • Anonymous

        it is a 2-lane road that splits. northbound turns into to o st. southbound is the exit from the circle. if you are northbound on Vermont you need to cross the double yellow to go the wrong way. if crossing the double yellow isn’t an obvious sign to a driver that they are going the wrong way, then they should stay in MD

        • Anonymous

          If you’re lost and trying to figure out which direction you need to turn to get to where you’re going, the signs are at a weird angle or maybe not even present, then a double yellow stripe may not be the most obvious signal. I’m not trying to absolve this woman, anyone who flips their car over is driving badly for sure, but I know I’ve accidentally turned the wrong way down a 1-way several times and it wasn’t because I was drunk or reckless or stupid.

          • Anonymous

            Same here.

          • Anonymous

            That’s…generous. But the point is, this isn’t turning the wrong way onto a poorly marked one-way. To get on this stretch of one way, you have to cross the double-line into the oncoming traffic lane. Hard to see the scenario where that is an “I’m lost” mistake.

          • Anonymous

            me too

        • Anonymous

          Car has DC plates but don’t let that fact get in the way of your MD driver rant.

  • brookland_rez

    How do you do something like this? I don’t know if she was drunk, texting, or just stupid. Either way, her license needs to be revoked.

    • Anonymous

      The driver wasn’t drunk, texting, lost, or stupid. The driver went through what is called Visa Versa. It is a disorder, that came out of nowhere. There was never any problems with this disorder prior to the incident. Unfortunately cars were wrecked and money is a major concern for some. (Blue car owner) but seriously, a life was almost lost. And it wasn’t due to the negligence of the driver. Things happen and this was an example of what can happen to many people. Whether it be a health problem, or not. So think before you joke around that the driver was drunk or stupid. You may be next to have a serious health problem come out of nowhere while you’re at the wheel of your car.

      • Anonymous

        I meant SEIZURE, not vice versa. Damn auto correct.

  • tgee13

    I live down the street and saw the aftermath- that blue car was EFFED. I don’t understand how this happened- the one-way signs are very well-marked on Vermont. With this accident that the one I witnessed last weekend at the 13th and O intersection, looks like this area is cursed- at least for the careless drivers!

  • ShawGuy

    Silly Solara… the wheels go on the BOTTOM!

  • InsiderInfo

    The driver wasn’t drunk, texting, lost, or stupid. The driver went through what is called Visa Versa. It is a disorder, that came out of nowhere. There was never any problems with this disorder prior to the incident. Unfortunately cars were wrecked and money is a major concern for some. (Blue car owner) but seriously, a life was almost lost. And it wasn’t due to the negligence of the driver. Things happen and this was an example of what can happen to many people. Whether it be a health problem, or not. So think before you joke around that the driver was drunk or stupid. You may be next to have a serious health problem come out of nowhere while you’re at the wheel of your car.

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