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6 injured in D.C. traffic accidents

At least six people were injured within in an hour or two Tuesday afternoon in four separate traffic crashes in the District, officials said.

One of the accidents involved a bicycle, another involved a Metro Transit Police car, and in still another, someone was struck while in a wheelchair, according to law enforcement and fire and rescue spokesmen.

All three accidents happened on busy city streets during the afternoon rush hour on a sweltering summer afternoon. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

In the first incident, a woman on a bicycle was seriously injured about 4:30 p.m. in a collision on Georgia Avenue that involved three cars. The woman was taken to a hospital after the incident near Otis Street NW.

Shortly after 5 p.m., a Metro transit police car was among three vehicles in a collision at 7th and G Streets SW, near the Southwest Waterfront. The police vehicle was headed south on 7th with its emergency lights flashing when it collided with a Jeep that was heading east, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. The Jeep then struck a third vehicle, authorities said.

Two police officers, the Jeep driver and a fourth person were injured.

Also around 5 p.m., a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at 11th and W Streets NW, said D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf. The site is near the busy U Street corridor. Authorities said the man was conscious and breathing when found.

That incident occurred at around the same time and place where a man in a wheelchair was reported hit by a car, according to preliminary accounts, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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