Traffic was backed up for several hours on Memorial Circle after a car accident in DC sent six people to the hospital on April 5.
The chase began around 4:00pm in Tysons Corner. According to Arlington County Police, Fairfax County police officers had identified a vehicle that they suspected had been involved in a reported grand larceny. Officers pursued the SUV, and the vehicle sped off in an attempt to evade capture.
In the course of the chase, the SUV led officers onto the George Washington Parkway, into the District and into Arlington National Cemetery before coming to a halt when the SUV crashed on Memorial Circle. According to local newsagents, the SUV lost control and rolled over several times while trying to navigate around Memorial Circle.
A photo posted to Twitter confirmed that the SUV, which was resting on a grassy area just off the circle, had sustained severe front-end damage. Several Arlington fire trucks and medical emergency vehicles arrived on the scene of the wreck to treat six injured passengers that had been riding in the SUV. There has been no update on the victims’ conditions.
Cars came to a standstill around the accident area at rush hour, and 7Y buses toward Federal Triangle were backed up for 20-25 minutes due to stopped traffic on the Memorial Bridge.
Fairfax County Police, U.S. Park Police and Virginia State Police all sent officers to assist in the chase. Although Arlington County Police did not pursue the SUV, they responded to control excess traffic in the District after the crash occurred.
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