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Multi-Vehicle Fatality Crash Shuts Down Woodrow Wilson Bridge for 12 Hours

June 20, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – June 20, 2018 ( According to an online news report from, a multi-vehicle crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the D.C. area left one dead and caused major traffic delays.*

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge runs from Virginia to Maryland and carries significant traffic from the D.C. area and the Reagan Airport. Shortly before 11 a.m. on June 20, a traffic accident involving a semi-truck and several other vehicles caused a vehicle fire on the bridge. The driver of the semi-truck, who has not been identified at this time, sadly died at the scene. One person went to a local hospital, and several others were injured but did not require emergency treatment. 

Reports indicate three construction workers who were working on the bridge also had to be rescued by emergency crews. They were reportedly lowered into a boat in the Potomac and carried to shore. The chaos of the accident caused extreme traffic delays in the area for almost exactly 12 hours. 

The local lanes of the outer loop of the bridge reopened relatively quickly, reports say, but the outer loop-thru lanes were closed for the duration, through the evening rush hour. Backups and delays were reported from the Beltway to Interstate 395, the Georgia Washington Parkway, and side streets throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported 12-mile backups at the beginning of the evening rush hour. Commuters reported their travels from work taking hours longer than usual.

The traffic affected the airport, as well. Staff at Reagan National Airport sent out media messages suggesting alternate routes to reach the airport or move away from the airport. It was not until approximately 11 p.m. that all lanes of the bridge reopened. 

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