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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Red Line delays remain, single-tracking cleared

8:35 A.M. Update:

Red Line delays remain after the earlier single-tracking between Medical Center and Grosvenor. The single-tracking has been lifted and trains are moving again, but delays still remain for commuters heading in both directions.

The accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Collington Road is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

An accident on I-270 North at the Falls Road exit could cause delays. No lane closures have been reported yet, but watch for issues heading that way.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Colesville Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

8:15 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that Red Line trains are no longer single-tracking between Medical Center and Grosvenor. However, residual delays remain in both directions due to the earlier single-tracking, so you should still expect issues when you head out.

7:55 A.M. Update:

An accident on westbound U.S. 50 at Collington Road is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

MARC Penn Line train 421 is going to run one car short this morning due to a mechanical issue, which could lead to overcrowding on the remaining cars.

7:40 AM. Update:

The Red Line delays are at least 10 to 20 minutes, but if you haven’t left the house yet you should really try to find another way to get to work. Some Red Line trains are turning around at Friendship Heights and heading back to Silver Spring and Glenmont.

7:35 A.M. Update:

Metro reports that the Red Line delays are between 10 and 20 minutes as trains continue single-tracking between Grosvenor and Medical Center. As more and more people head out to work, you should expect the stations to become even more crowded and for the delays to potentially worsen. Avoid the Red Line if you can help it.

The accident on eastbound U.S. 50 before U.S. 301 has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

7:15 A.M. Update:

Red Line single-tracking continues between Grosvenor and Medical Center, and it will continue to cause delays as the morning rush continues. This is due to a third rail problem near Medical Center. Some trains are being offloaded at Friendship Heights and heading back to Glenmont, according to Metro.

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the exit for I-270 has been cleared.

The accident on eastbound U.S. 50 before U.S. 301 is now blocking one of the eastbound lanes as well as the shoulders.

7 A.M. Update:

An accident on eastbound U.S. 50 before U.S. 301 is blocking three lanes and one of the shoulders. Expect very heavy delays.

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway at the exit for I-270 is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

The accident at I-270 North at Old Georgetown Road has been cleared up.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway near the Springfield Interchange has also been cleared and all lanes reopened.

6:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on eastbound U.S. 50 after Collington Road is blocking one eastbound lane and one of the shoulders.

There’s also an accident reported at I-270 North at Old Georgetown Road, which could cause issues around that spot.

6:40 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway near the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left two lanes.

6:20 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway near the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left and right center lanes.

The accident on I-66 East at Lee Jackson Highway/U.S. 50 is now just blocking the right lane and right shoulder.

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 hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

After Monday’s gloomy gray and rainy conditions, we’re in for more of the same — at least this morning, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Moderate to heavy showers could slow commuters this morning, but they will fade as the morning continues. There could also be some showers or even thundershowers later this afternoon.

The morning rain could lead to slippery roads, sidewalks and train station stairs and platforms. Be careful when you head out today.

So far:

— An accident on I-66 East at Lee Jackson Highway/U.S. 50 is blocking the right two lanes and the right shoulder.

— A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the left lane.

— Red Line trains are single-tracking between Grosvenor and Medical Center due to a track problem outside of Medical Center. Expect delays in both directions.

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