Some streets around Capitol reopen after car hits tree

Car crashed into tree near Capitol Hill (Patrick Svitek - Washington Post) A car crashed into tree near Capitol Hill on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Patrick Svitek – Washington Post)

Updated at 1:22 p.m.

Around 1 p.m., some of the streets around the U.S. Capitol reopened after an earlier incident where a car went airborne and crashed into a tree.

Police said the investigation had ended and they opened some of the streets that had been closed since the morning. South Capitol Street between C and D streets SE remained closed, however, for clean up.

Police still did not release any details of those involved or how the incident occurred.

Earlier in the day, police said they did not immediately know if the crash was anything more than a traffic accident or an attempt to crash the gate.

By mid-afternoon, police said they didn’t “have confirmation either way at this point” on more details of the crash, according to Kimberly Schneider, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman.

The car hit a flower pot on the north side of the intersection before going into the air, she said.

At least a quarter of the edge of the pot was broken off Friday morning, and pieces of it lay amid other debris leading up to the tree struck by the vehicle.

Original post at 9 a.m.

Streets near the intersection of South Capitol and D streets in Southeast Washington are closed Friday morning, as police investigate an earlier crash.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Friday when U.S. Capitol Police responded to a scene where a speeding vehicle went airborne and crashed into a tree at the intersection of South Capitol and D streets SE.

Police had no further information on the driver of the vehicle who was taken to an area hospital.

U.S. Capitol Police said they “continued to investigate” the crash. A spokesman said authorities don’t know if the incident is anything more than a traffic accident or an attempt to crash the gate.

At 10 a.m., the silver car remained almost vertically slumped against the tree, its front bumper pointing upward and split in half by a branch. Parts of the car, including a tire, were scattered near the intersection.

The following streets are closed in the Southeast area: Washington Avenue and D Street eastbound; New Jersey Avenue and D Street westbound; Washington Avenue and South Capitol Street westbound; and South Capitol Street from Washington Avenue to C Street.

Hannah Hess from Roll Call has several photos of the scene.
Here’s the story of the car the crashed on South Capitol Street around 3am Friday morning. — Hannah Hess (@ha_nah_nah) March 7, 2014

Here are some other photos of the scene.

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