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Posted at 06:12 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Delays on I-395 North, I-270 South

9:15 a.m. Update | I-395, I-270 still jammed

I-395 North remains heavily congested around the Springfield Interchange and the 14th Street Bridge. Traffic is flowing reasonably well around Shirlington, but expect delays around both ends of that route.

I-270 South is also still snarled approaching the Beltway, with delays getting particularly bad around Rockville.

9:10 a.m. Update | Riders stuck in Tenleytown elevator

Passengers were trapped in the elevator at the Tenleytown Metro station for at least 20 to 25 minutes this morning before being released at around 9 a.m., according to Metro.

There were no injuries reported, said Battalion Chief Brian Lee, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman.

On Wednesday morning, about 1,000 riders on a train in the tunnel near Tenleytown were stuck in the tunnel due to a power issue.

9 a.m. Update | Accident blocking southbound Penn. Ave.

The accident on southbound Pennsylvania Avenue at Woodyard Road is still blocking all southbound lanes, while northbound traffic is slowing due to rubbernecking.

8:45 a.m. Update | Green, Yellow Line delays

Green and Yellow Line trains are delayed due to a sick customer at L’Enfant Plaza. Expect some issues heading toward Greenbelt.

8:30 a.m. Update | I-270 South lane reopens

One lane has reopened on I-270 South at I-370, so now just the left lane is blocked while the right three lanes are open. Local lanes are also open. Severe delays remain.

8:28 a.m. Update | Blue, Yellow Line delays cleared

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Blue and Yellow lines.

8:25 a.m. Update | I-270 South accident remains, 14th Street Bridge lanes reopened

The accident on I-270 South at I-370 is still blocking the left two lanes and creating heavy delays.

The accidents on the 14th Street Bridge have been cleared and the lanes reopened. Expect some residual delays.

An accident on southbound Pennsylvania Avenue after Woodyard Road is now blocking all southbound lanes. Avoid the area.

8:20 a.m. Update | Person on tracks at National Airport

The delays on southbound Blue and Yellow trains stem from a person on the tracks at the National Airport station. It’s not known yet if the person jumped onto the tracks or fell, but they were brought back to the platform, according to Metro. There’s also no information yet on the person’s condition. Police are still on the scene.

8:15 a.m. Update | Blue, Yellow Line delays

Expect delays on the Blue and Yellow lines heading to Franconia and Huntington after there was earlier police activity at the National Airport stop.

Another accident on the 14th Street Bridge is going to slow northbound traffic. I-395 North is already jammed approaching the bridge, but this will only exacerbate those delays.

8 a.m. Update | I-395 North remains snarled

I-395 North remains severely jammed from the Springfield Interchange on through to the 14th Street Bridge.

A disabled vehicle on the Calvert Street Bridge is reportedly blocking one southbound lane.

7:50 a.m. Update | Accident on I-270 South

An accident on southbound I-270 at I-370 is blocking the two left lanes. Expect major delays for southbound traffic.

An accident has been reported on the 14th Street Bridge, though the direction isn’t known yet.

7:40 a.m. Update | Accident cleared from I-395, delays remain

The accident on I-395 North at Duke Street has been cleared from the shoulder.

Major delays remain for commuters traveling between the Springfield Interchange and Duke Street. Things ease slightly before Shirlington, but traffic slows again as drivers approach the 14th Street Bridge.

7:25 a.m. Update | Another delay on I-395

A disabled vehicle on I-395’s reversible lanes at Seminary Road is blocking the right shoulder of the H.O.V. lanes.

An accident on Pennsylvania Avenue at Woodyard Road/MD 223 is blocking one southbound lane and one of the shoulders.

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway near the Little River Turnpike has been cleared.

7:20 a.m. Update | Normal Blue/Orange line service resumes

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Blue and Orange lines at Federal Center SW. Watch for lingering delays.

7:10 a.m. Update | I-395 North accidents

An accident on I-395 North at Duke Street is blocking the left shoulder, while a crash at Seminary Road is blocking the right shoulder. Expect these accidents to exacerbate delays along that route.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway near the Little River Turnpike is blocking the right shoulder.

6:57 a.m. Update | Accident reported on I-395 North

A driver reports an accident on I-395 North between King Street and Seminary Road. The accident is reportedly not blocking the roadway, but that could explain some of the serious delays on I-395 North.

6:50 a.m. Update | Accident cleared from on Leesburg Pike

The accident on eastbound Leesburg Pike at Tyco Road, near where the Leesburg Pike hits the Dulles Toll Road, has been cleared. Watch for residual delays.

Traffic is extremely heavy on I-95 North approaching the Springfield Interchange and on I-395 North after the interchange. For drivers on I-395 North, things do ease up by Seminary Road.

I-66 East is very congested approaching Chain Bridge Road.

6:47 a.m. Update | Blue/Orange Line delays

There are delays on the Blue and Orange lines heading to Franconia and Vienna after an earlier train malfunction at Federal Center SW.

6:30 a.m. Update | Accident on Leesburg Pike

An accident on eastbound Leesburg Pike at Tyco Road in Providence, right near where the Leesburg Pike hits the Dulles Toll Road, is blocking the eastbound left lane and shoulder.

I-95 North is slow around Woodbridge and the Springfield Interchange.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

Thursday’s forecast calls for another lovely day, with mild humidity, light breezes and pleasant temperatures, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

VRE service was severely delayed on Wednesday evening after a package potentially containing human remains was discovered near the tracks. The rail agency says riders should expect full Manassas Line service to resume on Thursday.

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