Car crashes into pole on Pennsylvania Avenue outside D.C. government headquarters

Two people were injured Tuesday when an automobile swerved off Pennsylvania Avenue and struck a light pole in front of the Wilson Building, the headquarters of the District’s city government.

The two injured people, who were in the car, were taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, said Timothy J. Wilson, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department.

The incident outside the building that occurred about 7 p.m. and caused the eastbound lanes of the avenue in the 1300 block to be closed for about an hour. The light pole, topped by one of the ornamental Washington globes, was knocked out of operation, witnesses said.

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