Witnesses in Southwest Washington DC ran to the crash site at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Alabama Avenue on August 5 after a car collided with an SUV.
The SUV flipped over to land on its roof. At least two of the Washington DC car accident victims were trapped inside the vehicles. One of the vehicles burst into flames and some of the people who were trying to help used fire extinguishers. Rescuers also used the Jaws of Life to get the trapped victims out. One of the car crash victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
There were so many “rescuers” on hand because DC Mayor Adrian Fenty was about to arrive for a news conference to talk about new HIV initiatives. Camera crews who were waiting for the presser were able to capture the DC crash site on camera.
Mayor Fenty says the intersection where the DC car accident happened is a busy one. According to Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, about one traffic crash a month occurs near or at the intersection. She and other community leaders are discussing installing speed bumps, traffic lights, red light cameras, or stop signs on Pennsylvania Avenue because there is a six block radius where way too many DC car crashes happen.
Washington DC Car Accidents
If you were injured in a DC car accident, there may be a negligent motorist that you can hold liable for your personal injury. If the District could have or should have done more to prevent the traffic collision from happening, you also may be able to pursue personal injury recovery from the city or any other parties that are responsible for making sure that roads are safely designed and free from any defects that could increase the chances of a DC car accident occurring.
Southwest Washington DC Car Cash Injures Five People When SUV Flips Over the Other Vehicle, My Fox DC, August 13, 2009
Officials Join Passersby In Response to Crash, Washington Post, August 6, 2009
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